Monster Seminar Jam: Mark Tagal and Ikaika Rogerson
This seminar is part of the NWFSC's Monster Seminar Jam series.
Mark Tagal (IBSS Corps) and Ikaika Rogerson (Waimanalo Limu Hui) are presenting a talk, "Using modern and traditional aquaculture technology as a tool in restoration aquaculture within coastal communities of the Pacific Basin: Fishponds, Clam Gardens and Kelp Lines"
Altering the habitat to make it favorable for growing fish and other marine life has been practiced by coastal dwelling people for a very long time. From simple stone and wooden fish traps found in Southeast Asia and Polynesia to large but primitive Hawaiian fishponds have been a form of aquaculture practiced for centuries. Current aquaculture practices used in tandem with traditional understanding of fishponds can be used in restoration efforts. Acting as a valuable nursery habitat, fishponds can offset productive areas lost to modern development. Additionally, modern hatchery methods can be used with some species to boost populations that have been negatively affected by overfishing.
Over his career, Mark has been contracted to multiple State and Federal Agencies where he has worked in both research and commercial aquaculture, providing finfish, shellfish and algae for a multitude of research projects and human consumption.
A civil service worker at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for the last 15 years, Ikaika Rogerson graduated from both Kamehameha Kapālama and the University of Hawai’i with a bachelor of Hawaiian Studies currently pursuing his Master’s Degree. Ikaika is the owner of Rocky Farms, LLC specializing in Hawaiian Lā’au Lapa’au. He is a graduate of the UHM GoFarm Program as well as an established aquaponics farmer. Aside from his own businesses, Ikaika serves on the board of directors for O’ahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association and as a board member for both the Waimānalo Market Co-Op board and the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association board.
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