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Aquaculture Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

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Original grant initiated by Hawaii's Sen. Daniel Inouye and Rep. Daniel Akaka to enhance the State's seafood production through aquaculture development. The 2001 Department of Commerce Appropriation Bill states that 500K is intended for Hawaii stock management. The intended work is actually a continuing grant, and directs NOAA to expedite the obligation of funds for this initiative. This is a continuing effort, and as is common in multiyear programs, the grantee has invested heavily in the facilities, equipment and specialized staff necessary to assure project success. Award to a competitor would be extremely inefficient and wasteful of Federal and applicant funds already committed to this research. Because of the highly specialized and localized nature of this research no other organization has either the expertise, facilities or historic experimental data needed to complete this project. Therefore, provision of funding to another applicant would certainly result in duplicative, wasteful research and would significantly delay application of research findings to increase the availability of marine finfish for aquaculture and stock enhancement purposes in a sustainable commercial aquaculture industry for high-value species.