State launches aquaculture accelerator program at NELHA

  • NELHA executive director Greg Barbour talks about the three-year aquaculture accelerator pilot program during a press conference Wednesday in Honolulu while Gov. David Ige, right, listens. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Gov. David Ige announces the launch of a three-year aquaculture accelerator pilot program during a press conference Wednesday in Honolulu. Joining the governor are from left, David Lassner, University of Hawaii, president, and UH Ventures; Carsten Krome, HATCH, CEO and co-founder; and Greg Barbour, NELHA executive director. Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • NELHA executive director Greg Barbour talks about the three-year aquaculture accelerator pilot program during a press conference Wednesday in Honolulu. Joining Barbor are, from left, Carsten Krome, HATCH CEO and co-founder; David Lassner, University of Hawaii president, and UH Ventures; and Gov. David Ige. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park at NELHA. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — A three-year aquaculture accelerator pilot program the state hopes will make Hawaii a bigger player in the global aquaculture industry is poised to kick off this summer.