VOLUME 6, ISSUE 1 JUNE 2007
8th Annual HAA Conference: July 12 at KCC
Mark your calendar for Thursday, July 12, the date The Conference sessions will be followed
of this year’s Hawaii Aquaculture Association an- as always by the “A Taste of Hawaii
nual conference. The daylong session with an eve- Aquaculture” reception, featuring locally-
ning reception brings together more than 100 com- produced products prepared by chefs
In this Issue: mercial producers, researchers, students, regula- from some of Hawaii’s top restaurants.
tors, and other community members involved with
LEGISLATIVE REVIEW aquaculture in Hawaii. HAA members have cho-
sen biosecurity and hatcheries as areas of particu-
lar interest for this year’s conference. The pro-
JOHN CORBIN RETIRES gram will bring both national and interna-
tional expertise and perspectives on these topics to
Hawaii's aquaculture stakeholders, in keeping with
STATEWIDE the growing recognition of Hawaii as a center of
aquaculture innovation and development.
NEWSLETTER Confirmed speakers to date are locally-based
veterinarians Drs. Allen Riggs (ADP), Jim Foppoli
(HDOA), and Larry Rawlins (USDA), who will
EXTENSION PROGRAM discuss principles of biosecurity and practices
in other agricultural industries. Other sessions
(continued on page 2)
The President’s Letter with similar or complimentary commodities has helped raise
our profile somewhat, but to date hasn’t been sufficient to gain
Dear HAA Members: significant governmental attention or increased support.
It seems from our disappointing experiences at the recently To do better, we need to begin knocking on legislative
ended Hawaii legislative session and at the U.S. Congress, that doors, both figuratively and literally, to gain their increased
our State legislators and the Congress in general are largely support of our industry. To facilitate this effort, I would like
unaware of the aquaculture industry. There are occasional to ask each commercial member to provide HAA a paragraph
newspaper articles and commentary on our industry, some synopsis of your company with one or two attached color pho-
positive and some negative, but, overall, there is minimal cov- tos, sent electronically to ADP, to enable the HAA to put to-
erage of our industry relative to other economic activities. gether an industry brochure that would provide a brief and
This current obscurity makes it difficult for us to gain the at- positive overview of the members of our industry, what we are
tention and support of our elected officials which is needed doing both individually and collectively, and the potential we
when we are seeking to have important aquaculture legislation have to provide sustainable economic benefits to the State and
introduced, heard, and passed. Nation while also helping to take some the pressures off of our
In an effort to begin trying to address this long-standing declining fisheries.
problem, the HAA became an affiliate member of the National With such a brochure in hand, each of us could then meet
Aquaculture Association a number of years ago, became an more effectively with our respective elected officials and let
active commodity association with the Hawaii Farm Bureau them know who we are and what regulatory adjustments and
Federation, and, more recently, has joined and been active funding we need in order for our industry to move forward.
with the Hawaii Science and Technology Council and the Let’s make this effort a goal for 2007.
American Farm Bureau Federation. This joining of forces Aloha, Ron Weidenbach
VOLUME 6, ISSUE 1 HAWAII AQUACULTURE ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER PAGE 2
(Conference from page 1)
will introduce conference participants
to various steps in planning and build-
ing a hatchery in Hawaii, including
city and state issues pertinent to zoning
and permitting. There will also be
discussions of the European and Asian
approaches to hatchery design and
operation, and a lender's perspective on
the hatchery business. The session will
close with an overview of the national
perspective on aquaculture.
Note this year’s NEW LOCATION:
The conference will be held at
Kapi‘olani Community College’s
Ōhelo building, home of KCC’s Food
Service and Culinary Arts Pro-
gram. The campus is located mauka of
Diamond Head, bounded by Kilauea
Ave. and Diamond Head Rd. to the
north and south respectively (see map
The day will start with a continental
breakfast served from 07:45 to 8:30
AM. Sessions will run from 8:30 AM
to 5:00 PM, with breaks at mid-
morning, lunchtime, and mid-
afternoon. The conference will be fol-
lowed by a reception, “A Taste of
Aquaculture”, at which prominent lo-
cal chefs will prepare local aquaculture
products for sampling; beer and wine
will also be served.
This conference provides an excel-
lent opportunity to meet and network
with members of the local aquaculture
community. The conference theme
issues of biosecurity and hatchery busi-
ness planning involve principles com-
mon to all aquaculture endeav-
ors. The presentations should be
of interest to all stakeholders in the
To register: Use the form on page 3.
Editor’s Note: Newsletter’s Future and feel to this one, but it will be re-named “Hawaii Aquacul-
ture News,” and it will identify itself as a statewide commu-
Aloha Readers! It’s been about 6 months since the last issue of nity publication.
this newsletter, but we’re making progress toward a more fre- We have begun to invite organizations to begin contribut-
quent and regular publication. Our statewide Aquaculture Ex- ing items as regular partners. We will be contacting others,
tension Program, which is sponsored by UH Sea Grant and but please feel free to contact me or Ron or Dean before you
ADP, is joining HAA and ADP in producing this issue. hear from us. Stakeholder organizations may have a regular
This collaboration, with myself as the lead editor, will pro- page heading in each issue (design it yourself or let us help).
duce future issues while seeking additional regular partner/ A partner organization may need or wish to continue to pub-
contributors. We hope to make this publication a vehicle and lish its own newsletter, or it may use this opportunity as its
opportunity for individuals and organizations to communicate primary information outlet.
with our statewide aquaculture community, including their own Organizations and individuals also have a standing invita-
members and clientele. The next issue will have a similar look tion to contribute materials for any particular issue. Please let
us know your thoughts and ideas at any time. Jim Szyper
VOLUME 6, ISSUE 1 HAWAII AQUACULTURE ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER PAGE 3
2007 LEGISLATIVE REVIEW by Dean Toda and Ron Weidenbach
The 2007 Legislative session began with great excitement and expectations back in January. Representative Wakai introduced
three bills drafted by John Corbin and Ron Weidenbach on behalf of HAA which would have positively impacted the aquaculture
industry: $100k funding to ADP for increases to the Sea Grant Aquaculture Extension Program; $75k funding to UHH for a fea-
sibility study on a shellfish grow-out industry; and $75k to ADP for a feasibility study for a primary quarantine facility. Other
positive bills supported by HAA included a bill to increase loan limits and improve DOA's Aquaculture Loan program and Emer-
gency Loan program, to increase funds for the Hawaii SBIR program, and to amend the State Enterprise Zone law to make it
more suitable for agriculture/aquaculture. In all, HAA provided written testimony on 18 bills and attended many important hear-
ings in support of key aquaculture, NELHA, and agriculture related bills.
Unfortunately, while the majority of the bills passed their subject matter committees, they failed to get heard or make it
through the House and Senate "money committees." It seemed that the larger issues and social needs in the community over-
shadowed most valuable aquaculture or agriculture bills.
The good news is that these bills are still alive and can be introduced again next year. HAA will begin an initiative in the fall
to educate the Legislature via one-on-one meetings with key committee heads and via farm tours. If you would like to get in-
volved in this process, please contact President Ron Weidenbach.
ATTENDEE REGISTRATION FORM
2007 HAWAII AQUACULTURE CONFERENCE
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Kapiolani Community College
Company (School) ____________________________________________________________________________
Address _____________________________________________ City ___________________ Zip ____________
Phone ____________________ Fax ______________________ Email __________________________________
Full registration: 2007 HAA MEMBER $50.00 x ______
Includes all sessions, meals and “A Taste of Hawaii Aquaculture” reception
Full registration: NON-MEMBER $65.00 x ______
Includes all sessions, meals and “A Taste of Hawaii Aquaculture” reception
Student registration (valid student ID required): $25.00 x ______
Includes all sessions, meals and “A Taste of Hawaii Aquaculture” reception
“A Taste of Hawaii Aquaculture” Reception Only: $40.00 x ______
LATE FEE – postmarked after July 2: Add $10.00 x ______
2007 HAA Dues (attach membership form - page 7) ______
TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED: $ ______
Make checks payable to: Hawaii Aquaculture Association
EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE: July 2, 2007
Mail this form and payment to:
HAWAII AQUACULTURE CONFERENCE
1177 Alakea St., Rm. 400
Honolulu, HI 96813
VOLUME 6, ISSUE 1 HAWAII AQUACULTURE ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER PAGE 4
John Corbin Retires After 30 Years as ADP Manager
By Ron Weidenbach, HAA President
(with content excerpted from John’s retirement letter to the industry)
John Corbin retired as Manager of the Hawaii Department of • For the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii (NELH) and
Agriculture, Aquaculture Development Program (ADP) on De- the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority
cember 31, 2006, completing 30 years of dedicated service to (NELHA), John and ADP did the following:
State government and the Hawaii aquaculture industry. During – Influenced release of funds for first (12-inch) cold
this lengthy time period, John worked tirelessly to help estab- water pipe.
lish ADP as a strong advocate within State government, to es- – Influenced Sea Grant to fund initial coldwater aqua
tablish critical enabling legislation, and, along with the ADP culture research at NELH.
staff, contributed much to the expansion of the Hawaii aquacul- – Suggested the idea for aquaculture park next to NELH
ture industry. Together, they helped the industry to grow from to the Board; later implemented by HTDC as HOST
less than $500,000 in annual sales in 1979 to over $28M by Park (now merged with NELH as NELHA).
2005, and helped the industry earn a national and international – Wrote the aquaculture portions of HOST Master
reputation for aquaculture research, technology and consulting Plan.
services. – Helped develop first commercial lease document
ADP continues to be a unique program in the U.S. that has modeled after DLNR lease.
broken ground on many fronts and has a long list of significant – Designed and funded NELH Visitor Center.
accomplishments. A few of John’s and ADP’s accomplish- – Chaired, Vice Chaired or was a member of the
ments during John’s tenure as Manager, resulting from his well Board of Directors since 1981and served as Chair or
thought-out management and visionary strategic planning ef- Secretary of the Research Advisory Committee since
forts, include: its inception.
• Published the first State Aquaculture Plan in the nation • Established Shrimp Broodstock Disease Surveillance and
(1979). Certification Program to support expansion of the shrimp
• Established with the UH Sea Grant College Program, the broodstock industry.
first UH Aquaculture Extension position, later expanded to • Served as technical advisor to the U.S. Department of
three Ph.D. level positions, and funded over 100 research Commerce, Pacific Tropical Ornamental Fish Program
projects with Sea Grant, including early work in marine that awards grants to the ornamental aquaculture indus-
biotechnology, shrimp, prawns, marine and freshwater fin- try.
fish, and backyard aquaculture. • Developed, with UH and the State Office of Planning, a
• Established the Hawaii Aquaculture Advisory Council and prototype computerized GIS system to map and identify
later supported industry in developing the Hawaii Aquacul- potential sites for open ocean aquaculture.
ture Association. • Provided staff assistance to HAA and helped coordinate
• Established State Aquaculture Vet position and the Disease HAA Legislative input and five HAA Conferences.
Diagnosis and Prevention Program that provides diagnostic • Prepared testimonies on a great many bills and resolutions
services and applied disease research for the industry. related to aquaculture development over the years.
• Provided seed funding for the Oceanic Institute’s shrimp • Authored legislation to make aquaculture theft a Class C
and feeds program, and $5M in construction funds. felony.
• Funded mahimahi research at the Waikiki Aquarium to • Organized many local promotional events for food prod-
close the life cycle, and funded the mahimahi aquaculture ucts; developed recipes, food photography and posters;
exhibit. and participated in every Farm Fair since 1982.
• Funded conceptual planning for the Pacific Aquaculture • Developed and published two Aquaculture Permits and
and Coastal Resources Center at UH Hilo, and, the Bio- Environmental Requirements booklets to assist industry in
technology Lab complex at the Hawaii Institute of Marine finding and permitting sites.
Biology. • Developed the Pond to Plate aquaculture print newsletter
• Conceived of and organized the First International Confer- and AquaFlashes electronic newsletter.
ence on Pearl Culture, and the First International Confer- • Facilitated permit for first direct ocean discharge for an
ence on Sustainable Aquaculture. aquaculture company, in Kahuku.
• Conceived of and co-chaired three Marine Ornamental • Obtained all permits and lease authorizations for restora-
Conferences, and helped with the fourth. tion by the community of two ancient Hawaiian fishponds
• Assisted with three World Aquaculture Society Confer- on Molokai. Developed Master Conservation District Use
ences and two BYU-Hawaii Aquaculture Conferences held Permit, DLNR and Master Environmental Assessment for
on Oahu. 29 State and privately owned fishponds on Molokai.
• Co-founded the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Center for
Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture (CTSA). (continued on page 6)
VOLUME 6, ISSUE 1 HAWAII AQUACULTURE ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER PAGE 5
The Hawaii Aquaculture Exten-
sion Program is your statewide Home Aquaponics in Maui County
extension service. We support the By Robert Howerton, Aquaculture Extension Specialist
development and sustainability of
aquaculture business in Hawaii
by providing information, educa- Hawaii has one of the highest costs of living
tion, and technical assistance to in the United States and a significant
existing businesses, potential en- amount of expenses for a household is food
trepreneurs and the general pub- purchases. A small-scale family food pro-
lic. duction system could reduce household ex-
The Program is sponsored by penses and increase nutritional input for
the UH Sea Grant College Pro- working families. Within this context a
gram, the Aquaculture Develop- collaboration was established with the Uni-
ment Program of the Hawaii versity of Arizona and UH Sea Grant to
Dept. of Agriculture, and the UH develop and construct a number of aquapon-
College of Tropical Agriculture ics systems for use by working families on
and Human Resources. Maui. Funds were solicited from USDA
and the Maui County Office of Economic Figure2. Aquaponics system at
Kamehameha Schools on Maui.
Development to fabricate ten systems and
Extension distribute these to interested families. These
families were also trained in the fundamen- The closed integrated system recycles
Specialist tals of fish husbandry and hydroponics.
These integrated systems consist of a fish
water, nutrients and wastes, with the prod-
ucts being fish, vegetables and organic fertil-
Honored rearing tank, a clarifier, biofilter and a small izer. The water for growing fish provides
hydroponics bed (Fig 1) used to grow vege- nutrients to the hydroponic crop from the
tables and herbs for home consumption. fish waste. This system is highly efficient
Dr. Maria Haws, an aquaculture
and sustainable food production strategy that
extension specialist with the Uni-
can be used for both small-scale backyard
versity of Hawaii Sea Grant Col-
systems and larger commercial systems.
lege Program (UH Sea Grant) was
This model maximizes reuse of water, nutri-
selected by the Research Corpora-
ents and wastes. The system is simple, port-
tion of the University of Hawaii
able and can be constructed in three hours.
as one of their outstanding em-
With such promising results from the first
ployees of the year in the Hono-
year of the project additional funding has
lulu Advertiser's Careerbuilder
been received from USDA and these aq-
uaponics systems were introduced to educa-
She serves as the Director of
tional institutions including Kamehameha
the Pearl Research and Training
School (fig 2), the Paia Learning Center and
Program at the Pacific Aquacul-
Lahainaluna High School. There are plans
ture and Coastal Resources Center
Figure 1. An aquaponics system on to continue to expand the project to other
at the University of Hawaii Hilo
a residential property on Maui. schools in the coming school year.
(UHH). The Program, which was
formed as a joint effort between
UH Sea Grant and UHH, focuses tance in aquaculture and coastal resources management in many countries around the world,
on providing training in pearl including the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Tanzania,
farming and conducting research Ecuador, Nicaragua and Mexico.
into pearl oyster biology and bet-
ter farming methods. The Pro- Thanks to Darren Okimoto, UH Sea Grant Extension Leader, for this item. More about
gram provides technical assis- Maria and the pearl program can be found in her article in the December 2006 issue of the
VOLUME 6, ISSUE 1 HAWAII AQUACULTURE ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER PAGE 6
aq uac nity
Volume 9 Number 5 June 2007
Big Island Aquaculture News to be Incorporated into Statewide Newsletter
Aloha BIAN readers! Since you are seeing this as part of the HAA Newsletter, you must be on the HAA letter’s email distribu-
tion list. This is to let you know that BIAN will be incorporated into the upcoming statewide Hawaii Aquaculture News (see
Editor’s Note on page 2), and you will continue to receive the renamed publication. Some of the content will be familiar to
BIAN readers (announcements, topical articles), some of it new (legislative matters, more commercial and statewide concerns).
We hope you like the new communication, and we invite your comments as always. A large mahalo for your attention and
support over the years. Jim Szyper
(Corbin retires from page 4)
What Can HAA Do for You?
• Conceived of and managed initial study of Ocean Leasing
for Hawaii in 1981 that created model legislation later en- Dear Hawaii aquaculture industry member:
acted into State law.
• Authored amendments to Chapter 190D, HRS, the Ocean This year, the HAA will continue to be “the voice” for the Ha-
and Submerged Lands Leasing Law, that allowed commer- waii aquaculture industry, as well as to provide tangible bene-
cial offshore aquaculture and facilitated three lease authori- fits to its members. Upcoming on July 12 is our annual HAA
zations, including the first commercial open ocean aquacul- Aquaculture Conference. I urge you to join with us to keep
ture lease in the nation.
this vital organization moving forward.
• Part of a team organized by the University of Delaware that
developed an operational framework for offshore aquacul-
Sincerely, Ron Weidenbach, HAA President
ture in U.S. federal waters to support currently proposed
Mission Statement: To foster the development of
• Helped many companies find suitable production sites in
Hawaii and to go through the often-difficult County, State, commercial aquaculture production in Hawaii
and Federal permit gauntlet.
John and his wife, Elizabeth (Liz), are currently on a long- A unified industry voice for Legislative Issues
awaited vacation touring Europe (any bets as to whether or not Networking and fellowship with other aquaculturists
they are including tours of aquaculture facilities). After their Business advantages for members
return, John has hinted at continued involvement with HAA. Local and national recognition and support of aqua-
The Board and President are hoping that will be so. culture and business related issues
[Editor’s notes: 1) We have no current photo of John. Until you Member Benefits:
see him around or hear from him, we suggest you remember Network with industry leaders and other members
him from the action shot on page 1 of the previous newsletter. Industry selected workshops to help your business
2) Acting Manager Leonard Young and Dean Toda are keeping Annual conference - great speakers on current top-
the program working to help our industry. Use their contact ics and the "Taste of Aquaculture"
info on the back page.] Notice of local and national regulations and issues
Opportunity to participate in promotion and protec-
tion of the industry
Ready to start up or renew HAA How and when to contact your Legislators on impor-
tant bills and issues
membership? Use the form on page 7. HAA Newsletter
Website for current announcements and useful links
Advertise your company or product
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HAWAII AQUACULTURE ASSOCIATION
2007 MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
PURPOSE: The Hawaii Aquaculture Association's (HAA) mission is to foster the development of
commercial aquaculture production in Hawaii.
MEMBERSHIP: The Hawaii Aquaculture Association has three classes of membership: (1) Commercial
Aquaculturist; (2) Associate and (3) Student. The classes of membership, the qualifications
for members, and the rights of members are as follows:
Commercial Aquaculturist Member. Any person or company whose income derives primarily from aquaculture
production or services and who possess a State of Hawaii General Excise Tax License for the purpose of paying
taxes on that income. Commercial Aquaculturist members have all rights and privileges of membership in the HAA,
and shall have the right to vote. Note: only one person per company can have this membership.
Associate Member. Any person who has an interest in aquaculture, but is not a commercial aquaculturist (as defined
above) or student. This membership includes employees of commercial aquaculture companies and other
aquaculture related businesses or agencies. Associate members have all rights and privileges of membership in the
HAA, but shall not have the right to vote.
Student Member. Any bonafide student enrolled in an educational institution. Student members may attend any
meeting(s) of the HAA and receive all mailings, notices, and publications of the HAA, but shall not have the right to
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2007 Board of Directors Contact Information
Commercial Aquaculturist – Oahu HAA Vice-President
HAA President Paul Bienfang, University of Hawaii
Ron Weidenbach, Hawaii Fish Company Phone: 358-0414 / Fax: 956-7402
Phone: 429-3147 / Fax: 637-0494 Email: email@example.com
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Randy Cates, Cates International
Commercial Aquaculturist – Kauai Phone: 841-4956 / Fax: 841-4955
Brian Goldstein, Kona Bay Marine Resources Email: email@example.com
Phone: 732-1500 Dave Cohen, Aquatic Innovations
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 585-8600 / Fax: 585-8601
Commercial Aquaculturist – Big Island Email: email@example.com
Kevin Hopkins, Day2 Resources LLC Non-Commercial Aquaculturists:
Phone: 961-0319 HAA Treasurer
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Leonard Young, Aquaculture Development Program
Commercial Aquaculturist - Maui County Phone: 587-0030 / Fax: 587-0033
Steve Chaikin, Molokai Sea Farms Email: email@example.com
Phone: 553-3547 / Fax: 553-5216 Clyde Tamaru, UH Sea Grant College Program
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 956-2869 / Fax: 956-2858
Commercial Aquaculturist - NELHA (KPA) Email: email@example.com
Gerry Cysewski, Cyanotech Corp. Bruce Anderson, The Oceanic Institute
Phone: 326-1353 / Fax: 329-3597 Phone: 259-3123 / Fax: 259-5971
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com
Commercial Aquaculturists – at large: HAA Assistant Treasurer/Secretary
Joe Tabrah, Fully Integrated Systems Hawaii LLC Dean Toda, Aquaculture Development Program
Phone: 386-4489 Phone: 587-0030 / Fax: 587-0033
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com
Student Position currently vacant
Webmaster currently vacant
Hawaii Aquaculture Association
1177 Alakea St., Rm. 400
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
HAA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HAA Web Site: www.hiaqua.net
Newsletter Editor: Jim Szyper
Working for Aquaculture’s Future