Dustin Moss PH.D.

Director - Shrimp Department, Oceanic Institute

EDUCATION  

  • Ph.D., Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawaii
  • M.S., Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University              
  • B.S., Marine Biology, Hawaii Pacific University

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

 

Dr. Dustin Moss been a researcher at Oceanic Institute (OI) for 20+ years and was promoted to his current position as Director of the Shrimp Department in 2013. His primary areas of research are genetic improvement of marine shrimp and developing sustainable shrimp farming technologies. Genetic improvement efforts focus on improving commercially important traits such as growth, reproductive output, and disease resistance. This is done by gaining an understanding of the underlying genetics for each trait (using quantitative and/or molecular methods) and then designing efficient selective breeding strategies that rapidly improve shrimp performance. Efforts to improve the sustainability of shrimp farming have focused on the use of recirculating aquaculture systems to simultaneously reduce water usage, improve system stability, and increase biosecurity.  From 2009-2012, Dr. Moss served as a Technical Committee Member of the USDA-funded U.S. Marine Shrimp Farming Program. In addition, he has worked on and managed several international aquaculture projects in China, India, Singapore, and Thailand. Dr Moss has authored/co-authored over 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals and industry-focused publications and has also given numerous presentations at scientific and industry meetings.

 

 

SELECTED GRANTS

 

Year

Funding Agency

Project

Award

2021-2022

Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture, USDA

Design of a harvesting system for the marine polychaete, Marphysa sanguinea

$11,618

2020-2022

National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA

Investigating low salinity performance of Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, using a genomic approach to benefit an emerging US inland shrimp farming industry

$310,000

2020-2021

Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture, USDA

Improving live feeds production efficiency: a bottom-up approach to increase marine finfish aquaculture yields

$46,090

2019-2021

Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture, USDA

Culture of a local marine polychaete, Marphysa sanguinea, for use as a shrimp maturation feed

$58,300

2018-2020

Economic Development Agency, Dept of Commerce

Aquaculture and Biotechnology Training Program

$207,824

2017-2019

Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture, USDA

Disease prevalence survey of wild mud crab populations in the US-affiliated Pacific Islands

$24,215

2016

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Dept of Commerce

Workshops: Molecular genetics tools in fisheries, aquaculture, and conservation

$14,907

2015

Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture, USDA

Establishment of disease-free, genetically improved population of Tilapia for aquaculture in Hawaii and the US-affiliated Pacific Islands

$14,600

2007

Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture, USDA

Shrimp production demonstration project and aquaculture training for industry stakeholders of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam

$69,100

 

 

SELECTED INDUSTRY PROJECTS (in chronological order)

 

Project

Country

Establish a large-scale selective breeding program for the Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, designed to produce a proprietary genetic line.

USA

Recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) technology demonstration, design/startup of commercial-scale RAS shrimp farm, and technical consultation

China

Facility design, technical consultation, and germplasm supply

Singapore

Establishment of a biosecure broodstock production center, selective breeding program for Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, and technical consultancy

India

Design and scientific oversight of large-scale breeding program for Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, design/startup of in-country genetic nucleus facilities, and technical consultancy 

Thailand

Technical and biosecurity audit of breeding program for tiger prawn, Penaeus monodon

India

Design and scientific oversight of large-scale breeding program for Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, design/startup of in-country genetic nucleus facilities, and technical consultancy 

China

Technical audit of shrimp hatchery facilities

Myanmar

Recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) technology demonstration, design/startup of commercial-scale RAS shrimp farm, and technical consultation

China

Design and scientific oversight of breeding program for Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei

Thailand

Technical audit of aquaculture facilities

Indonesia

Dustin Moss

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