Gills N Claws fosters marine aquaculture that will create employment and business opportunities in coastal communities, productive marine populations, species, and ecosystems and vibrant coastal communities.

Gills N Claws integrates and coordinates the agency’s aquaculture policies, research, outreach, and international obligations. In addition, together with Kenisha Aquafarm and the Kenisha Aquafeeds have robust aquaculture research activities.

Since 2004, RBI Holdings has been expanding its aquaculture efforts by establishing Regional factories, farms and feeds in the Asian Region including the taking over of Gills N Claws. This allows better supply chain management of region-specific issues and allowing us to provide to the demands of our counterparts. Gills N Claws focuses on several distinct priority areas including regulation and policy, science and research, outreach and education.

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Regulation and Policy

Gills N Claws addresses regulatory and policy issues as they relate to marine aquaculture in the Asian Pacific Region. The purpose of this effort is to enable domestic aquaculture production within the context of Gills N Claws’s marine stewardship responsibilities, which include the protection of the marine environment while balancing multiple uses of coastal and ocean waters. Gills N Claws’s role in aquaculture regulation includes

  • Consultations with the AVA ,NARA and other bodies on permitting
  • Consultations with the Environmental Protection Agency on endangered species, fish habitat, and marine mammal protection
  • Develop guidance and work with regional Fishery Management Councils on a regulatory framework for aquaculture in Asian Pacific waters.

Science and Research

Gills and claws has been an international leader in aquaculture research and technology development. Innovative research has been conducted by scientists within Gills and claws and its various departments, through collaborative research with academic and private sector partners, via international and bilateral research initiatives with foreign scientists, and through a Gills and claws -run competitive programs for marine aquaculture. Areas of emphasis have included research on environmental effects, aquatic health, nutrition, early life history culture techniques, aquatic species restoration, stock enhancement, and ecosystem management

The overall goal of these research initiatives is to provide science knowledge for the agency’s regulatory and resource management decisions and foster innovative and sustainable approaches to aquaculture.

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OUTREACH AND EDUCATION

An integral part of RBI Holdings overall mission is a well-informed public that acts as a steward of coastal and marine ecosystems. RBI Holdings supports this aspect of the agency’s mission by contributing to public understanding and appreciation of the role of aquaculture as a vital national food source and fishery management tool.

RBI Holdings outreach and education activities include disseminating scientific and general aquaculture information and Gills and Claws research at public meetings and conferences, through the Aquaculture Extension networks, Internships for Aquaculture graduates and through the web and social media.

The program’s primary audiences for this information are coastal communities, research scientists, the aquaculture and seafood industries, commercial and recreational fishermen, fishery management councils and commissions, other government agencies, academia, and interested non-governmental organizations.