UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I AT MANOA

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NEWS RELEASE November 4, 1998

HAWAI'I'S PACIFIC BUSINESS CENTER PROGRAM WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE

HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (November 4, 1998)---Pacific Business Center Program's ornamental aquaculture project was recently selected winner of a national Project of the Year award by the national Association of Management and Technical Assistance Centers (NAMTAC). The project was designed to stimulate the ornamental aquaculture industry in Hawai‘i's coastal communities.

The award was one of three in the Special Assistance category presented at NAMTAC annual fall conference in San Antonio, Texas last month. The Pacific Business Center Project (PBCP) is affiliated with the College of Business Administration, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

Project coordinator Larry Rowland organized a broad range of activities and products to promote and educate hobbyists and those already in the industry about fish breeding and operations, marketing, and financing issues. Rowland conducted two series of workshops over ten Saturdays from last September through February at the Leeward Community College and another six Saturday workshops between June and August of this year.

The summer workshops were also broadcast live from the University of Hawai‘i Manoa campus to Maui, Moloka‘i and the island of Hawai‘i. The workshops attracted 15 to 40 attendees to each session.

Information about aquaculture was made available on the PBCP web page (http://www.cba.hawaii.edu/pbcp), including three booklets about various aspects of raising ornamental fish as a business. In additional, 6,000 fingerlings were distributed to 15 farmers on three islands, to be used as broodstock to increase the volume and variety of fish raised on local aquaculture farms.

"The award shows what can be accomplished when organizations and individuals work together in a collaborative manner to assist local economic development," said Elaine Bailey, PBCP's interim director. "Larry brought together individual from Sea Grant, aquaculture farmers, industry representatives and financial institutions to create a winner."

NAMTAC is a nationwide professional association of about 150 organizations and individuals that provide business, economic development, and technical assistance to businesses and communities.

For additional information: Leslie Ozawa, TEL: (808) 956-2495

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