Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Chad Callan

Dr. Chatham (“Chad”) Callan is the Director of the Finfish Research Program at Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University (OI), the world leader in the development of applied aquaculture technologies for marine fish and shrimp. He has been at OI for over 12 years and has researched the culture of numerous marine fish species.  In 2015, his lab was the first to successfully culture the Yellow Tang, the most commercially important reef species in that region. He continues to refine the culture processes for this, and other marine, species to provide additional sustainable alternatives to their wild collection.

Dr. Chad Callan’s educational session at the Aquatic Experience is “Exciting Progress in Marine Ornamental Aquaculture: An Update on the Production of Yellow Tang and the Next Steps for Marine Ornamentals from Hawaii.”  This talk will cover some of the highlights of recent breakthroughs in marine ornamental aquaculture, focusing specifically on the work at Oceanic Institute (OI) in Hawaii.  In 2015, after years of research, OI scientists finally overcome key challenges and were the first to successfully culture the Yellow Tang. This breakthrough led to many  others, including the first ever culture of Pacific Blue Tang (AKA “Dory”), several species of butterfly fish, the Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse and Potter’s angelfish.  The results of this work will have important implications in the future of this hobby, and in particular to the species routinely exported from Hawaii, all of which will be discussed.