Partner Projects

PACRC operates aquaculture and coastal resource management projects worldwide, including Ecuador, Fiji, Honduras, Marshall Islands, México, Federated States of Micronesia, Nicaragua, Tanzania, Thailand, and the United States.


The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) empowers ocean users and stakeholders throughout the Pacific Islands by providing accurate and reliable coastal and ocean information, tools, and services that are easy to access and use. In collaboration with PACRC, PacIOOS collects real-time current information of Hilo Bay and the surrounding area.

Data from PacIOOS - Screensot of PacIOOS appliationData from PacIOOS.

MOP Coral

The UH Hilo Marine Option Program is conducting coral propagation activities to provide students with hands-on experience in coral husbandry and to provide specimens for research and conservation activities on Hawaiʻi Island. Work is being done in coordination with the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources, and may include larval rearing, mitigation of reef damage from boating accidents, and other conservation and research activities. The project is highly student-oriented, and mainly aims to facilitate training for students who will continue this type of work in their careers both here and abroad.

MOP Coral aquarium at PACRCMOP Coral aquarium at PACRC.

Hilo Aquaculture Cooperative

This community cooperative is a research farm setup in Hilo Bay, Hawaiʻi. The purpose is to involve community members in aquaculture practices, such as oyster fattening and propagation.

Hilo Aquaculture Cooperative out on the boat in Hilo Bay.Hilo Aquaculture Cooperative out on the boat in Hilo Bay.

Marine Environmental Research Institute of Pohnpei (MERIP)

MERIP's vision is successful Pacific Island businesses engaged in community-based conservation and sustainable management of natural resources. This is achieved through a mission of supporting environmentally and economically viable natural resource-based businesses through technical services, partnerships and research.The main focus of our work is community engagement in sustainable aquaculture of fish, ornamental invertebrates and sponges with an increasing leaning toward climate change adaptation and education.

The center at MERIP.The center at MERIP.