UH Hilo Report Archive
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October 16, 2011
This is the UH Hilo report. News about people, events and programs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.
The shellfish hatchery at the Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center, directed by Dr. Maria Haws, is coming to the end of its third season. Thus far, the hatchery’s work with industry co-operators has produced over 2.5 billion oyster larvae and 3 million set oyster spat.
The hatchery crew, featuring a dedicated team of students, also conducted critical research that revealed oyster larvae could be produced under East Hawaiʻi conditions. That prompted a private industry partner, Hawaiian Shellfish, LLC, to invest in building a private oyster hatchery near Hilo. And now, the State Health Department has announced it will begin the water quality monitoring program required to legalize the sales of locally-grown oysters and clams in Hawaiʻi. Establishing this new industry will create jobs, generate revenue for the state and reduce our reliance on imported seafood.
For more news about the University, visit www.hilo.hawaii.edu That’s the UH Hilo Report. I’m Ken Hupp.