With the support from the Office of Economic Development there is an
Aquaculture Specialist based on Maui who provides technical assistance
and extension capabilities to the residents, educational institutions
and non-profit organizations through out Maui County.
In addition to this technical assistance the aquaculture specialist is
involved in a variety of research projects in an effort to diversify the
number of aquatic species cultivated and marketed to the public. These
The development of a bivalve industry that may make available fresh Hawaiian oysters soon.
The culture of a unique cross-over species, pacu. This fish can be marketed as both an aquarium fish and a food fish.
Aquaponics is another aquaculture production technology that is
becoming increasingly popular. Aquaponics is the combination of fish
culture and hydroponic plant production. Aquaponics can be used for
small hobbyist systems, backyard applications or large commercial
operations; Aquaponics is also an ideal educational tool as a multitude
of subject matters can be taught to a broad range of age groups.