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Aquaculture Grants Available to Hawai'i Operators

by the Fish Site Editor
17 September 2009, at 1:00am

HAWAII, US Hawaii aquaculture farmers may now apply for federal stimulus money to help offset high feed prices they experienced last year.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has allocated $150,526 as Hawaii’s portion of $50 million feed stimulus funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This grant programme is being administered through the Aquaculture Development Program of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA).

Some of the qualifications for this grant include:

  • Producers must provide documents indicating an average adjusted gross income of less than $2.5 million for 2005-2007
  • Feed costs for 2008 exceeded 25 per cent of the total input costs for the operation
  • Producers must have complied with certain federal wetlands conservation requirements
  • Producers must be a recognised vendor in the State Procurement System and be in compliance with the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labour, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and the State Tax Office
  • Producers must not have applied or received assistance from other disaster or feed subsidy programmes for the same species of aquaculture for 2008.

Reimbursement amounts are limited to grant funds available. If the amount of eligible applications exceeds the grant amount available, recipients will receive a pro-rata adjusted amount.

the Fish Site Editor