Conservation - One Fish at a Time

$6,080 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 56 people in 46 months
Join Oceanic Institute of Hawai‘i Pacific University (a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization based in Hawaii) to protect our coral reefs - one fish at a time - starting with the popular and beautiful Yellow Tang.  After years of research, Yellow Tang are now being successfully captive bred - for the first time ever - by a team of researchers at Oceanic Institute.

Why we need your support:

It has taken us over 10 years to achieve our recent success with Yellow Tang and securing research funds for this work is an on-going challenge.  We need your support so that we can develop a repeatable process to culture Yellow Tang in captivity and implement production efficiencies which will enable us to produce these beautiful fish on a scale that is impactful and relevant.  Without your support, we cannot make the forward progress we need to reduce our dependency on wild-caught marine ornamental fish in our effort to protect our coral reefs.

How your support will be used:

Research is expensive.  Your support will go directly to our Yellow Tang research program and will help defray costs associated with raising the fish.  In addition to a skilled and passionate technical staff, we need tanks, filters, pumps, and other equipment which protect our fish and provide clean, high-quality saltwater for them to thrive.  In addition, we need to recreate a food chain of live prey items in the lab so that our Yellow Tang larvae have a healthy diet to grow and survive.  Production of these live prey items is an expensive but critically important element of marine ornamental culture. 

Impacts of your support: 

Your financial support will allow us to make more rapid progress in the captive rearing of Yellow Tang so that we can produce these important reef species in a predictable and scalable manner.  Importantly, the lessons we learn from culturing Yellow Tang can be applied to other difficult-to-rear marine ornamental fish species.  With your help, we hope to develop aquaculture protocols for a variety of important marine ornamental fish with the ultimate goal of reducing our dependency on wild-caught populations.   

We are grateful to those who have provided financial support for our work with marine ornamental fish here at Oceanic Institute of Hawai`i Pacific University, and we feel we can do so much more with additional support. 

To learn more please visit the Oceanic Institute of Hawai‘i Pacific University Facebook page.



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$6,080 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 56 people in 46 months
Created October 28, 2015
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Michael Ruffato
5 months ago
Philip Thomas
6 months ago

Congratulations on your successful breeding of yellow tangs. Hopefully, such efforts will provide enough captive-bred fish to provide the global market, and the argument can more convincingly be made that it should be illegal to take them from the wild in Hawaii. Best wishes! Aloha, -pt

7 months ago
For The Reef
16 months ago

A simply amazing group of researchers! Aquacultured fish are the future of the aquarium hobby and we thank you for helping change the fate of the Yellow Tang.

Charles Weller
26 months ago
Mark Rumin
29 months ago
Mark Nattier
32 months ago
Luca Zonta
36 months ago
michael thielle
38 months ago

Very important work. The store I represent is Reef Encounter in NJ. We've been in business for almost 40 years, and frankly we have to start giving back.

Alex Davies
39 months ago

Best of luck with your conservation endeavours!

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