We all share a vision. Sustainable aquaculture. Healthy oceans today and tomorrow. It’s possible.
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|Biota Marine Life Nursery, Airai Old Dock Ordomel, Airai 96940, Palau|
|Biota Palau, PO Box 40742, Koror, Palau|
- Main multi species hatchery
- Cultured fish, coral and clams
- Fully licensed for collection, culture and export
- Approved by Foreign Investment Board
- License to collect, raise and Export Bumphead Parrotfish
MEET THE PALAU TEAM
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.
Bradley 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.
Peejay Sohol is from the Philippines. He has a Science Degree in aquaculture and specializes as our Algae and Live Feed Technician. Peejay is from the Philippines and has been with Biota for 2 years.
‘Pat’ Bateriki Nenea
‘Pat’ Bateriki Nenea is from Kiribati. He has 10 years experience in culturing Giant Clams and has worked on other farms in the Pacific. He is our Clam Production Manager.
Ricardo Sledzinski is our Packing Manager. He excels at making sure our fish are packed properly with an outstanding 99% fish survival record. He has lived in Palau for 4 years and hails from Venezuela.
Tuched ‘Gatsby’ Ervin
Tuched ‘Gatsby’ Ervin is our Boat Captain and general hand. He has been with Biota for a year and has learned a great deal. He has a passion for fishing and boating and will soon become a diver for Biota.
Stallin is one of our clam culture technicians. He has been with Biota for 1 year and has an excellent eye for spotting diseases and water quality issues. He is from Airai, Palau.
Leif ‘Baba’ Toribiong
Leif ‘Baba’ Toribiong is from Palau and recently joined Biota as an Administration Assistant. He has excellent office skills and has already learned how we operate and and how to get the paperwork done for exporting to the USA.
Aldrienne ‘Iyoul’ Aldrin
Aldrienne ‘Iyoul’ Aldrin is from Airai in Palau, She joined our team as a general hand and now she has focussed her skillset on Broodstock Husbandry and Larval Fish feeding. She has been with Biota for 1 year.
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|Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University, 41-202 Kalaniana’ole Hwy, Waimanalo, HI 96795|
|Biota Palau, PO Box , Hawaii|
- Multi species hatchery
- Located inside Oceanic institute
- Cultured fish
- Fully licensed for collection, culture and export
MEET THE HAWAIIAN TEAM
Kevin Barden, MSc
Kevin received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in Environmental Biology/Zoology. After graduating he worked for Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota Florida, culturing live feeds and performing larval fish trials for their foodfish research program. He then went to Scotland to pursue a Masters in Sustainable Aquaculture at the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture. He partnered his Master’s research with the University of Florida’s Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in Ruskin, Florida. He then continued on as the broodstock manager for the Rising Tide marine ornamental program, successfully rearing in captivity many species-firsts such as melanurus wrasse and most notably Pacific blue tang. Kevin came to Biota and Hawaii in early 2019 to pursue his passion in sustainably producing captive bred marine ornamental species for the aquarium trade.
Marion Hauville, PhD
Born and raised in France, Marion received her undergraduate degree in Biology and master’s degree in Marine Sciences from the University of Caen, Normandy. From there she obtained a doctoral degree from the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture, Scotland, in partnership with the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, studying larval and broodstock nutrition in marine finfish. After graduating she joined the team at the University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher, focusing on larval rearing and copepod culture optimization. Marion came to Hawaii in early 2019 to add her expertise in live feeds and fish nutrition to the Biota team.
Dr Chatham Callan
Dr. Chatham (Chad) Callan is currently the Director of the Finfish Research Program at Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University (OI). OI has been a world leader in the development of applied aquaculture technologies for both marine fish and shrimp for over 50 years. Prior to coming to OI, he received his MS and PhD degrees in Marine Biology from The University of Maine. Chad has been at OI for over 14 years and has researched the culture of numerous marine fish species ranging from Mullet, Jacks, Rabbitfish and Groupers as well as ornamental species such as Dwarf Angelfish and Yellow Tang. In 2015, his lab at OI was the first to successfully culture the Yellow Tang, which is the most commercially important reef species in that region. His lab continues to refine the culture processes for this, and many other, marine species in aims to provide additional sustainable alternatives to their wild collection.
Liz Groover, MSc
Liz Groover is the current Research Associate of the Finfish Research Program at Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University (OI), where she manages the daily operations of the facility including broodstock husbandry, copepod culture, algae culture, and hatchery production. In 2015, Liz received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from Roger Williams University (RWU) in Rhode Island. Just prior to starting her position at OI, Liz received her Master of Science degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from the University of Florida (UF). Now living and working on the island of Oahu, Liz’s passion for fish aquaculture and tropical marine conservation continues to grow.
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|Biota Aquariums, 206-210 SW 19th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315|
- Biota Group wholesale facility
- Coral farm
MEET THE FLORIDA TEAM
Jake is a Marine biologist with over a decade of experience in marine fish breeding and keeping. He manages all operations at our Biota FLL facility. Jake has worked in Aquarium stores, Aquaculture laboratories, wholesalers, and public aquariums around the country. At RWU Jake realized his passion for aquaculture, especially marine ornamental aquaculture while working in the CEED laboratory. This experience helped shape him into the fish nerd he is today.
Janice is currently a Marine Biology/Environmental policy major at Nova Southeastern University here in South Florida. Previously, she worked at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Maine where she researched and published work on marine diatoms and bacterium.
Tyler is a Marine Biologist, diver, and researcher. He is an incredibly talented scientist with knowledge that spans many topics. Tyler has years of experience in genetics research laboratories, aquatic retail stores, and aquaculture facilities.