Tom Bowling just likes being underwater. He is a Marine Biologist, Commercial Diver and Aquaculture Technician. He has worked in Aquaculture, Public Aquariums and Marine Science around the world, dedicating his career to using aquaculture for positive environmentally beneficial purposes. He has spoken at conferences and written articles and papers about his aquaculture techniques, which he now hopes will contribute to improving aquarium and aquaculture science.
Tatiana Bowling shares the vision of making a difference towards the conservation of a healthy ocean through sustainable aquaculture. With a background in Accounting and ten years of experience working in the Aquaculture field in the Pacific, she has developed the knowledge to support the operations of this ever-growing facility, from its legal and financial aspects down to the shipment logistics needed for the transport of live animals.
Bradney has a degree in Science and Fisheries with a Major in Aquaculture. He came from the Philippines to join Biota in 2013 as our Hatchery Technician. His duties range from algae and live feed culture to broodstock care, egg harvest and larval rearing. Since joining the team at Biota he has dedicated a significant part of his time to training the Palauan members of our team, who now work under his supervision.
Erick’s love for the Pacific and its lifestyle has brought him and his family to Palau two years ago. Erick is a diver and has a degree in Fisheries Biology. Prior to joining Biota, Erick worked as a Fish Biologist for the Colville Confederated Tribes in Washington State, USA. His knowledge in biology and his experience in construction have been vital in the design and the expansion our hatchery, including tanks for invertebrates growth.
Billy has been farming clams and corals most of his life. His father, Thomas Watson was part of the pioneering team of biologists that commercially established the PMDC (Palau Mariculture Demonstration Centre).
This was one of the first clam culture facilities in the world, and it has helped shape the future of aquaculture in the Pacific. After learning from his father, Billy has owned and operated his own invertebrate growout facility and now brings his experience and skills to Biota’s team.
Oms was the first person to join Biota when we started operations back in 2012. In his time with us he has been trained at our facility in Airai as an Aquaculture Technician. Today he has the larval rearing, live feed and underwater skills needed for daily operations, both on site and in our sea cages. He grew up in Airai and has local knowledge that has proved invaluable to the growth of our small business in Palau.
Ngirchomebael has a hard name to pronounce, so we all call him Junior.
He has extensive experience in farming and livestock and understands what is involved in raising live animals. Junior is involved in several tasks at Biota, including the preparation of tanks for stocking and the packing of fish and corals for export. His underwater skills are particularly important for the care of the fish we grow in the sea cages.
Born and raised in Koror, Sean spent some time in the USA and came back to Palau to enjoy the island lifestyle. Sean is our most recent apprentice and is now in the process of learning everything that is involved in growing fish in an aquaculture facility, in particular the culture of algae. Soon we expect her to join Oms and Junior as a fully trained Aquaculture Technician.