Oceanic Institute

Opportunities at Oceanic Institute of Hawai‘i Pacific University

ABOUT US

Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University (OI) is a non-profit research and development organization dedicated to aquaculture, biotechnology, and coastal resource management. Our mission is to develop and transfer environmentally responsible technologies to increase aquatic food production, while promoting the sustainable use of ocean resources.

HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR WORK

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PROTECTING OUR CORAL REEFS

OI scientists developed the world’s first captive-bred population of Yellow Tang to provide a sustainable alternative to wild-caught fish for the aquarium trade.

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BREEDING A BETTER SHRIMP

OI scientists developed the world’s first disease-free, breeding program for Pacific white shrimp resulting in a major paradigm shift for the global shrimp farming industry.

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REVITALIZING HAWAIIAN FISHPONDS

OI scientists developed captive-rearing techniques for important Hawaiian food fishes to help revitalize the oldest and most culturally significant form of aquaculture in the U.S.

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INNOVATIONS IN LIVE FEEDS

OI is driving industry growth through innovations in live feed production by overcoming technical hurdles associated with commercial scale-up.

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ADVANCING SUSTAINABLE SHRIMP FARMING

OI has developed advanced shrimp production technologies which address critical environmental and disease concerns associated with traditional shrimp farming and provide a sustainable alternative to current farming practices.

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DEVELOPING FISH CULTURE TECHNOLOGIES

OI scientists have pioneered methods for the culture of marine fish in an effort to increase the production of aquatic protein worldwide.

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THE INSTITUTE'S GOAL

OI’s goals are to work with foundations, industry partners, government agencies, academia, and non-governmental organizations to:

  1. Partner in research, technology transfer, and training in areas of aquaculture, food security, marine conservation, and job diversification
  2. Enhance OI’s scientific reputation and dissemination of information through research publications and effective use of social media
  3. Participate in workforce development and education using aquaculture as a platform for STEM disciplines