Experience and Training Programs in Marine Fish Culture

Each year our research team provides a number of opportunities for senior university students to assist and participate in a variety of on-going research activities in marine finfish aquaculture and aquaculture research at the Oceanic Institute.

Volunteers typically commit one or more days each week for at least one semester (often many) to gain critical exposure to marine aquaculture research. While volunteering students will gain practical “hands-on” experience in one or more of the disciplines listed below … often providing the first real insights into what it takes to work in the field of marine aquaculture or conduct state-of-the-art scientific research.  Many of our volunteers end up pursuing careers in aquaculture or other areas of scientific research with some becoming full time employees at OI!

student holding a clip board

Volunteers assisting with annual health checks of our moi broodstock used to generate hatchery reared fingerlings for the open ocean cage industry in Hawaii.



Internship opportunities for senior undergraduate students from Hawaii Pacific University, University of Hawaii and other schools provides a more structured learning environment under which each student develops a research project in one of the listed disciplines.

eggs.   kahala

 Broodstock discipline: Specific areas include broodstock systems, water quality, fish nutrition, reproductive development, spawning and egg quality, fish handling and transport.

copepod   rotifers

Live feeds discipline: Specific areas includelive feeds systems, culture and methods optimization.  Research may focus on work with live microalgae, rotifers and/or copepods dependent upon research opportunities at the time.

fish 1    baby

Larval rearing discipline: Specific areas include larval hatchery operation and maintenance, water quality, stocking, care and harvest of eggs and larvae through metamorphosis.

fish 3    fish 2

Growout discipline: Specific areas includegrowout and water treatment systems, water quality, feeding and handling of fish associated with growing animals to market size.

The experience will include development a project work plan, conducting an approved research project, analyzing results and writing and paper covering the semester’s research activities. In exceptional cases, the work may lead to publication in the scientific literature and/or presentation at scientific conferences.

Graduate Studies.  Although the Oceanic Institute is not a degree granting institution, our federally funded research activities creates many opportunities to conduct graduate research projects on a range of topics relating to marine finfish culture. Our affiliation with Hawaii Pacific University provides a direct link for students to enter their Master’s degree program in Marine Sciences. In addition, students from other institutions in Hawaii, mainland U.S. and even Europe have conducted their thesis research projects at OI.

Contact Information

Sharon Stillman
Human Resources Manager