Hawaii is a destination known and loved around the world. With the meeting in Waikiki on Oahu Island, you can almost walk out of your session and onto the beach! The Hawaii Convention Center is a beautiful convention facility capturing the beauty and charm of the islands with a superior meeting and exhibition space.
Be sure to schedule time before or after the conference to visit the other islands of Hawaii which are very much less developed and offer a wide variety of different forms of Paradise! Whether your interest is volcanoes, nightlife, beaches, lush forests, sports, ocean activities or even the stars - the islands of Hawaii can provide a fantastic, memorable experience. Be sure to visit Maui, Kuaui, Hawaii, Molokai or Lanai for the experience of a lifetime.
February 2020 Honolulu, Hawaii
A lifelong scientist-entrepreneur - Jim is a leader in aquaculture technology development. He developed his first fish & shrimp farm in Haleiwa Hawaii after completing his PhD in fish genetics at UH. Jim was then recruited to be the Principal Investigator of the US Shrimp Consortium at Oceanic Institute where he first developed SPF shrimp in 1990. Following the highly successful rollout of SPF shrimp to the US industry, which resulted in a doubling of US production, Jim formed High Health Aquaculture (HHA) to commercialize SPF technology worldwide.
Over 18 years, HHA exported more than 350,000 SPF broodstock to 26 countries, developed SPF breeding stocks with four species and pioneered breeding shrimp for virus-resistance and fast growth. Jim received 9 highly competitive SBIR grants from three US agencies (NSF, USDA, DOC). In the industry Jim is called "the father of SPF shrimp" for his seminal work developing SPF shrimp. The global impact of Jim’s introduction and distribution of SPF shrimp was truly disruptive. Industry output grew from 800,000 Metric Tons in 1993 to 4 million metric tons (5x increase) by 2012. Jim’s development of the global SPF shrimp broodstock market also created a new export industry for Hawaii that is now worth over $30M per year.
In 2012, Jim sold HHA to Asia-based CP Group, the largest shrimp farming company in the world. Since selling HHA, Jim continues to consult to the industry.
Keli'i Kotubetey who was born and raised at Kawela Bay on the north shore of O'ahu and went to Kamehameha Schools, then to Whitman College to graduate with a BA in Economics with a minor in Environmental Studies. He also received his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Hawai’i. He began working at He'eia fishpond when he was 22 years old and served as the organization's first fiscal manager. He is currently the assistant Executive Director as well as the Aina Momona coordinator. He is responsible for bringing awareness of the fishpond to the community while also leading the production and sales of a variety of products from the fishpond following native customs and practices.
AQUACULTURE AMERICA 2020 HAS GREAT RATES AT HOTELS IN WAIKIKI You will really be able to enjoy the meeting, the warm sun and beautiful beaches because we have some great rates for your stay in Hawaii!