Biota Promotional Video 2018A massive thank you to Mike Fox, Paul Unique and Oceania TV News for all the help and patience in getting this production together. Biota has been working on this for some time and could not have made it such a great translation of the work we do without this help! Enjoy!
Posted by Biota on Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Biota Palau | Marine Life Nursery
Biota is a multi-species fish hatchery located at Airai, Palau. We are making a difference by producing cultured fish and invertebrates for ornamental and food security purposes. We also provide services in environmental consulting, commercial diving and public aquarium supply.
The survival of our industry –of humankind, in fact- depends on the health of the oceans. This strong belief often leads us into research, community education and conservation activities, and we pride ourselves in being one of the very few sustainable exporters in the Pacific.
Our main focus as a business is to culture new and uncommon species of fish for the international aquarium market. This allows hobbyists to have an alternative option when buying a fish for their aquarium. We also work with several food fish species, which allows communities to look towards environmentally responsible practices for obtaining food fish fingerlings for grow out and restocking.
Part of our time is dedicated to participate in different projects with government and semi-government agencies, universities, NGOs and private sector entities, both locally and internationally. We offer water and environmental survey, commercial diving services, aquaculture feasibility studies and access to our facilities for research purposes.
EDUCATION AND AWARENESS
Once our facility expansion is completed, we will re-open our door to the public on a daily basis to demonstrate our aquaculture, how it is done and why it is important for the conservation of the marine environment. Visitors have been able to see our broodstock, holding tanks and the fish we have cultured so far. School groups have always been welcome to visit our facility and often do.
RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION
Our search for new techniques is oriented towards the ability to culture fish species that have never been done before. In the last year we have cultured seven new species, which is important both in aquaculture and marine science. We are able to collect fertilized eggs from the wild and culture these fish with almost zero impact on the wild populations. At Biota we have cultured more than 15 new species of fish since we commenced, with our latest numbers to be announced later this year.