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OI Shrimp Program Gets $2.3 Million Grant

HAWAII - The Waimanalo-based Oceanic Institute, an affiliate of Hawaii Pacific University, has received a federal grant of nearly $2.3 million to conduct shrimp aquaculture research.

"Shrimp is the No. 1 consumed seafood product in the United States at 1.4 billion pounds annually," said U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.

"But a robust shrimp farming industry does not exist in our nation. This grant from the Department of Agriculture is an opportunity for Hawaii and the Oceanic Institute to take a leading role in the creation of an American shrimp farming industry."

The research will include finding sustainable high-yield production and breeding techniques.

This shrimp grant was part of a package of 17 grants from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Commerce totaling more than $5.5 million that were awarded to Hawaii during the last two weeks of July.

Other grant beneficiaries included the University of Hawaii, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, the High Technology Development Corp. and Pacmar Inc.