Marine Aquaculture has been widely regarded as a viable solution to over fishing. There is, however, one big problem: we do not know how to raise most marine organisms that humans consume, either for food or aquaria. Most commercially important marine organisms, like the octopus or the Bluefin Tuna, have a very delicate larval phase whose environmental and feeding requirements have evaded scientists around the world. We are dedicated to completing the life-cycle of all Hawaiian cephalopods through research into the effects of the following on paralarvae:
Environmental System Design
Kanaloa Octopus Farm is a state-of-the-art aquaculture research facility on the west side of the Big Island. We are a 4,000 square foot wet lab located in the State's Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park's research campus.
Three sets of pipelines deliver deep sea water from up to 3000 ft depth as well as pristine surface seawater. Solar insolation is among the highest for coastal areas in the United States. The innovative green economic development park is administered by NELHA, a State of Hawaii agency
Aquaculture is the fastest growing food industry on the planet, and aligning farming practices with conservation objectives is particularly pressing to ensure that growth happens in the service of conservation in the most effective and sustainable way possible. The sheer potential of conservation aquaculture suggests a tale of redemption for aquaculture and opportunity for conservationists to bring in a new age of collaborative practices to address global issues.