Animal and aquatic feed lab a first in U.S. and Pacific Rim

by Emily Buckley
Share This:

WAIMANALO, HI, U.S. — A first in the U.S. and in the Pacific Rim, the Oceanic Institute of Hawaii is planning the construction of a feed lab that will enable research on aquaculture feed and terrestrial livestock feed production. The proposed Feeds Research Lab and Pilot Production Facility is to be constructed during 2004 on land belonging to the University of Hawaii at Panaewa, outside of Hilo, Hawaii.

"As a one-of-a-kind facility, the Feeds Research Lab and Pilot Production Facility will establish Hawaii as a leader in aquaculture feed production technology," said Dr. Thomas E. Farewell, president and chief executive officer of the Oceanic Institute. "The Feeds Research Lab will also facilitate cooperative research and practical training in the process manufacturing of tropical aquatic and terrestrial animal feeds for University of Hawaii faculty and students, Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center scientists, Hawaii farmers, Asia-Pacific industry, and the Oceanic Institute."

The new facility is part of the Oceanic Institute’s U.S.$24.2 million Center for Applied Aquaculture and Marine Biotech-nology, with research and demonstration facilities on Oahu, Molokai, and the Big Island.

"The pilot-scale production facility will support the industry by developing new markets via new feed formulations and new feed processing methods that are suitable for commercial development," continued Dr. Farewell. He noted the lab will increase interaction with Asia-Pacific nations, which are heavily involved in aquaculture.

"Aquaculture and agriculture industries will benefit from research aimed at developing novel feeds for tropical aquaculture applications, such as open-ocean, submerged cage aquaculture," said Dr. Reza Kamarei, Director of Nutrition for the Oceanic Institute. "The facility will also have the ability to make feeds for poultry, swine, dairy cows, and beef cattle and can be used to develop terrestrial animal feeds for improved animal performance under hot, tropical conditions."

The Oceanic Institute, is dedicated to the development and transfer of technology and applications in aquaculture, environmental science and marine bio-technology.