Aquaculture

Image of a green-tinted giant clam

Man-Eating Clams, Endangered by Man

by Paolo Marra-Biggs (he/him)Giant clams are bottom dwelling behemoths, big ol’ bivalves, that live in tropical waters across the Pacific and Indian oceans. These jumbo clams are ginormous, with some species growing to 4 feet long and weighing 500 pounds ...
Small fish swim in green waters

Can we keep our heads above the data deluge?

by Emily ConklinLast year confronted us with huge amounts of data. In March 2020, I watched, with a pit in my stomach, as COVID-19 case counts continued to climb day after day. Nearly overnight, terms like “exponential growth” and “positivity ...
Microscope image of fish larvae with internal detritus visible

Resolving the Diet of Larval Marine Fishes to Accelerate Aquaculture Opportunities

 Research Projects 2020-2022 PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Brian Bowen Graduate Fellow: Emily Conklin, Cassie Kaʻapu-Lyons As the demand for sea food continues to rise, wild stocks are dwindling or disappearing. Meanwhile, the supply of marine ornamental fishes for the aquarium trade faces similar ...
Map view image showing 2/3 of pond-ringing mangrove removed between 2007 and 2017 and project sampling sites

Microbial biogeochemical cycling across a chronosequence of mangrove introductions across Hawaiʻi

 Research Projects 2020-2022 PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Rosanna Alegado Graduate Scholar: Becca Lensing The red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) was introduced to Molokaʻi in 1902 and has spread quickly across the main Hawaiian islands. Mangroves are critical to the health of environment where they ...
Podcast #8: Microbial Mechanisms

Podcast #8: Microbial Mechanisms

Dr. Kiana Frank combines modern microbial biology with traditional fishpond management techniques to explore sediment removal from Hawaiian fishponds. Read more about her project here ...
First page of article with large aerial photo of Hawaii Island fishpond and wall

The Return of Kū‘ula: Restoration of Hawaiian Fishponds

by Josh McDaniel According to Hawaiian moʻolelo (oral traditions), Kūʻula built the first Hawaiian fishpond, or loko iʻa, on the island of Maui. Kūʻula was a fisherman of rare skill who is described as having supernatural powers for directing and ...
Coastline of Vaiava Natural National Monument in Vatia Bay, Tutuila Island, American Samoa. Photo: Andre P. Seale/ University of Hawaiʻi.

Ka Pili Kai Ho‘oilo 2018

Click on the cover image to view the full issue. Welcome to our inaugural issue of the new Ka Pili Kai! Embracing knowledge from generations past and present: For our dedicated readers who have been receiving and reading our quarterly ...
voice of the sea season 1 episode 7

Farming Oysters and Algae

We tour the Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources center at UH Hilo where they grow oysters and oyster food Watch the trailer for Season 1, Episode 7 on Vimeo or Youtube.  FULL EPISODE Or watch this episode on YouTube Curriculum Connections: Grade 3: Ecosystem ...
Farming Fish

Farming Fish

We check out the supersized aquaponics setup at Maui Aquaponics, where Ed Cichon and Chris Kiser show us how they grow talapia and lettuce in a pest and fertilizer free environment. We then tour UH Sea Grant Hilo's sturgeonfish and ...
Scenic picture of Hawaiian fishpond.

Hehihehi management for microbial-mediated sediment removal in fishponds

 Research Projects 2018-2020 PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Kiana Frank Sedimentation has been identified as one of the top five challenges for restoration faced by fishpond stewards. It is not clear what the most effective (and cheap) mechanisms are for removing such large ...