Conservation - One Fish at a Time

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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