Conservation - One Fish at a Time
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.
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