Supporting Aquaculture at Nomilo Fishpond
Supporting Aquaculture at Nomilo FishpondPosted June 24, 2021
The fishpond is a naturally formed resource within an ancient volcanic caldera located in Kalaheo, Kauaʻi and has a centuries long history of food production. However, it has been underutilized in the past 100 years and is undergoing a renaissance. To reduce excessive phytoplankton and prevent oxygen depletion events, the seawater channel between the pond and ocean has been restored and shellfish farming has been introduced. A research project is expected to begin later this year to introduce native sea cucumber aquaculture to better cycle nutrients along the pond bottom.
The PacIOOS water quality sensor will be utilized to measure changes in three areas of the pond throughout the year, to assist with spatial planning and optimization of aquaculture activities, and determine potential impacts of these activities on the aquatic environment of the fishpond.