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PACIFIC REGION AQUACULTURE AND COASTAL RESOURCE HUB

Hawai‘i Aquaculture Collaborative

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The purpose of the Hawai‘i Aquaculture Collaborative (HAC) is to (1) engage industry to identify and act upon collaborative opportunities to grow and strengthen aquaculture in Hawai‘i, and (2) to organize and leverage resources and public partners to support industry-driven initiatives.

Collaboration is vital to capitalize on the potential and brand of Hawai‘i’s aquaculture industry to contribute to future food sustainability and economic diversity in our state. We revere Hawai‘i’s 800+ years of tradition, culture, and innovation in aquaculture. The path forward will be through technological advances that build upon these traditions, and synergy that unites the industry to increase and share efficiencies; increase information sharing and research; increase communication and collaboration between businesses, the public sector, and our community; and increase opportunities to work together, as appropriate. This collaborative also recognizes that partnering and aligning with agriculture, the fishing industry, and other food-focused initiatives will strengthen our collective efforts and impacts towards what we believe are our common goals: to increase Hawai‘i’s food security and diversify our economy.

Funding Opportunities

Oahu Business Recovery Grant: size of grants are $15,000-$50,000; small businesses with gross revenue b/w $75,000 and $5 million a year with a 25% drop in income in 2020 & 2021 compared to 2019 are eligible to apply. Applications open Jan 30, 2023.

ChopLocal webinar on the USDA Value Added Producer Grant, which provides farmers, seafood harvesters, and small meat processors with up to $250,000 in grant funding for processing and marketing costs – 1/24/23 – Register here.

Events

January 2023
Hawaiʻi Sea Grant RFP supports up to $50,000 per funding request for a multidisciplinary, integrated program of applied research, outreach, and education addressing marine and coastal issues of public concern. Due 1/10/23.

Hawaiʻi Food System Summit 2023 – 1/11-1/12 @ UH West Oahu. Purpose: prioritize key public policies for food system advocacy and implementation in the 2023 legislative session.

Hawaiʻi Aquaculture Tech & Research Brown Bag: How can aquaculture projects get funded? – 1/18 – see our Actions page for links to the PPT and recording

Hawaiʻi State Grant-in-Aid proposals due 1/20/23. For-profits and nonprofits are eligible to apply.

Past Events

December 2022:
Hawaii Sea Grant RFP informational webinar – 12/9 @ 2:00 p.m. Register here.
Hawaiʻi Aquaculture Tech & Research Brown Bag: What would it cost to produce aquaculture feed using local ingredients in Hawaiʻi? 12/14 – see our Actions page for links to the PPT and recording

HTDC Manufacturing Assistance Program Grant offers grant funding of up to a 20% reimbursement, not to exceed $100,000, on manufacturing equipment purchases, training, energy efficiency projects, and feasibility studies. Deadline is 12/23/22.

November 2022:
Hawaiʻi Aquaculture Tech & Research Brown Bag: What’s Next for Aquaculture Permitting in Federal Waters? 11/9 – see our Actions page for links to the PPT and recording
Hawaii DOA Grant available for limu production – due 11/30/22

October 2022:
Hawaiʻi Aquaculture Tech & Research Brown Bag: Manufacturing aquafeeds in Hawaiʻi – is it feasible? 10/12 – see our Actions page for links to the PPT and recording

September 2022:
HTDC Manufacturing Assistance Program (MAP) Grant Info Session  – 9/2,  Register by 8/31
Hawaiʻi Aquaculture Tech & Research Brown Bag: Charting a Responsible Path Forward for US Offshore Aquaculture – 9/15 – see our Actions page for links to the recording
Hawaiʻi DOA Microgrants for Food Security Program. Applications due 9/19 before noon.

August 2022:
Hawaiʻi Aquaculture Tech & Research Brown Bag: Sashimi with a Softer Footprint – Sustainable Feeds for Farming Marine Fish in Hawaiʻi –  8/10 -see our Actions page for links to the PPT and recording

July 2022:
Hawaiʻi Aquaculture Collaborative & NELHA Technology & Research Brown Bag: Cyanobacteria vs. Diatom Production in a Restored Loko Iʻa (help us grow clams!) 7/13 – see our Actions page for links to the PPT and recording
NOAA Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Competition FY23 Pre-Proposals due 7/18. Awards are up to $300,000 for a two-year period for projects that support aquaculture through (1) promotion, development, and marketing; or (2) science or technology that promotes sustainable US seafood production and harvesting.

June 2022:
CTSA FYSA Request for Pre-Proposals due 6/3
NOAA FY23 S-K Grant Competition Notice of Funding Opportunity webinar – 6/15
What’s the Catch? Cultivating Hawaiʻi’s Seafood Future – 6/15
Tropical Ag Tech Conference – 6/22-23

May 2022: HATCH Aquaculture Community & Pitch Day – 5/13

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