Research Shifting To Feed At OI

Citing the need for “sustainable, low-cost feed supplies,” Oceanic Institute has shifted its focus and reshuffled its leadership in recent weeks.

Located next to Sea Life Park, the institute supports 50 professionals involved in research and education. It is overseen by a board of trustees and has been affiliated with Hawaii Pacific University for 10 years.

Aquaculture and livestock feed research have moved to the top of the agenda, according to OI officials, especially feed-mill technologies, which have “special potential for a state in which ever-escalating costs of feed for both livestock and shrimp have led to sharp declines in local production and increases in food costs.”

OI president Anthony Ostrowski is now the executive for the Feed Mill Program, with lead scientist Shaun Moss replacing him as acting president. Moss will be co-CEO with HPU general counsel Janet Kloenhamer. HPU president Geoffrey Bannister, chairman of the trustees, announced the changed in late June.