A combined 25 years of experience at Biota means that we can assist in the development or refurbishment of any aquaculture facility, ranging from design and budget to systems installation and species studies. For example, in the past months we have conducted a comparative study to determine suitable ornamental species for grow-out both in tanks and sea cages. Our recommendations will be implemented in Indonesia as a pilot project to provide a sustainable livelihood for families that have traditionally made their income from artisanal fisheries for food purposes. The aim for this project is to train local fishermen to collect post-settled fish such as Blue Chromis and Pajama Cardinals, and then raise them in cages that are maintained off the local reefs. This, though not technically aquaculture, is a more efficient form of harvest that can help provide an on-going supply of product without much damage to local populations.
RESEARCH AND COMMERCIAL DIVING
At Biota we can offer a high standard in your commercial diving needs. Tom Bowling has more than 20 years experience with underwater work. He is a Level 2 ADAS certified commercial diver, a tech diver and a rebreather diver, meaning he can arrange logistics and assist in any work or research diving being conducted in Palau. We have exclusive access to a research vessel that is fully equipped for research / technical diving. Biota also manages the operations of a three-man submarine, which means even non-divers can survey areas in the lagoon down to 40m at one atmosphere.
WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL SURVEY
We have been actively involved in scientific survey for over a decade. Prior to moving to Palau, Tom was a senior scientist for two large environmental firms in Australia. This experience has been of paramount importance in our latest two studies, which involved ensuring that development projects were conducted in a responsible and sustainable way, with little to no impact on the pristine ecosystem of Palau.
Scientific research in a remote location may present many challenges and one of them can be access to adequate facilities. We have supplied access to our laboratory to NGOs and Universities for the analysis of their data while completing their field work. We have also worked on new species identification, marine survey, export logistics and field work planning and execution. Our vision is to assist scientists coming to Palau to establish their work as quickly as possible and get the field data effectively and without ‘island time’ hold ups.