HPU Hosts Aquaculture Workshop for Waianae High School Students

Chad Callan, Ph.D., OI of HPU Director of the Finfish Department, and workshop participants

Gary Karr, HPU Science Outreach Director (middle) leading a tour of OI of HPU

Since 1992, Oceanic Institute of HPU has partnered with Waianae High School Marine Science Learning Center, conducting aquaculture workshops for their students and teachers.

At the helm of organizing every workshop over the 30 years is HPU Science Outreach Director Gary Karr. This year, thanks to a National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service Pacific Islands Regional Office Marine Education training grant Karr and colleagues welcomed 20 students and four teachers for a one-day aquaculture workshop held on February 9 at the university’s Makapu‘u campus. The one day session was a follow up to last year’s COVID-forced remote workshop also funded by NOAA NMFS PIRO MET that had to be spread out over more than a month.

Beginning with a tour of the research and educational facilities followed by a live feeds lecture by OI Director of the Finfish Department Chad Callan, Ph.D., the Waianae High School students engaged in hands-on learning activities, including counting rotifers and Artemia (brine shrimp) under the microscope. In the Finfish Hatchery, students learned first hand about finfish larval development, and in live larval feeds production rooms, they were shown how algae, rotifers, and copepods are grown to be fed to finfish larvae such as yellow tang.

“It has been a pleasure working with the students from Waianae these many years, providing them with hands-on experiences in aquaculture and exposing them to educational and career information related to marine science fields,” Karr said. “It is especially rewarding with an alumna of the Marine Science Learning Center at Waianae High School and the workshops, Katie Kealoha, now being the program’s lead teacher mentoring the next generation of scientists, aquaculturists, and educators. It shows how far these students can go given the opportunity.”      

Photos courtesy Katie Kealoha, Waianae High School

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