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OHA provides $50,000 for fishpond project

HAWAII - The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has made a $50,000 grant to help revitalize the Heeia Fishpond, an 88-acre project in Kaneohe Bay that aims to combine ancient Hawaiian practices with modern commercial aquaculture techniques. </b> <br><br> Using the OHA funding, Oceanic Institute, an affiliate of Hawaii Pacific University, will provide about 1,000 moi fingerlings in quarterly batches for the fishpond. The moi are tagged to allow for their release and future identification. <br><br> Oceanic Institute will also assist with training of 10 members of the staff of Paepae O He&#39;eia, which oversees the fishpond. The institute will also help the group develop a business plan for selling the fishpond products. <br><br> with building a business plan for marketing production of fishpond products. <br><br> The National Marine Fisheries Service is also providing a one-year $130,000 grant to Paepae O He&#39;eia for the project. <br><br> <i>Source: Pacific Business News</i>

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