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Aquaculture Sales Up 19 Per Cent in Hawaii

HAWAII, US - Hawaiis aquaculture brought in $25.3 million from sales in 2007, up 19 percent from $21.3 million last year.

According to PacificBusinessNews, algae sales made up 43 percent of the value, at $10.9 million. Finfish sales totaled $4.5 million; ornamental fish, $2.4 million; and other, such as seed stock, brood stock and so forth, $6.8 million, according to the latest data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service Hawaii field office.

The news agency says that the Big Island led the state in sales, accounting for 80 percent of the value with $20.2 million. The Big Island is home to the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority, where half of the lab’s tenants are aquaculture businesses that cultivate marine or freshwater fish or shellfish under controlled conditions.