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Backyard Aquaculture in Hawaii: A Practical Manual

Backyard Aquaculture in Hawaii: A Practical Manual

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The next step for a well-organized construc-
tion effort should be to make a list of tools and
materials, similar to those given for the sample
systems in Chapter 11. Your list should include
the names of the suppliers and the costs. As noted
in the introduction, this book does not suggest
specific sources for tools and materials. Many
competing hardware and building supply
sources do business on Oahu and the other is-
lands, and you should have no trouble finding
common items. Aquarium stores, of which you

will also find many, carry nets, air pumps, plas-
tic tubing, and the like.

Materials more specialized for aquaculture
are widely advertised in trade publications found
in public and college libraries. Examples are
Aquaculture Magazine (which produces an An-
nual Buyers’ Guide) and Water Farming Jour-
nal. These publications also advertise sources
for animals that may be imported to Hawaii un-
der permit. HBAP at Windward CC and the state
Aquaculture Development Program’s informa-
tion specialists will be able to help you with spe-
cific items. Finally, ADP and the UH Sea Grant
College Program are in the process of produc-
ing a directory of aquaculture-related businesses
and other organizations on Oahu. That work
should be available soon after the publication
of this book.

As you develop your list of materials, you
will collect other important information. For
example, you may find that some items will not
be available immediately. Whether or not this
happens, the next consideration will be time.
You’ll need to plan when each step in construc-
tion is to take place, and to try to have every-
thing needed on hand for each step. One aid to
thinking about the timing is a schedule like the
one in Table 9. 1, which is simply a list of steps
or activities, with projected start and comple-
tion dates, and a short list of the items required
for each activity. The required items may be tools
and materials, or they may be previously listed

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tasks that must be completed before another
activity can begin. Because some people work
more naturally with pictorial information than
with words, the schedule can be done in
“time-line” style, as shown in Figure 9. 1. Cal-
endar dates appear at the top; the lines connect
the start and completion dates for each activity.

This kind of planning takes a little time’ but
it has many benefits. Most obvious is that it can
help avoid the frustration of having to delay
some step because something necessary has
been overlooked. While this can be financially
critical for businesses, it is ‘helpful for
small-scale efforts, too. Friends and family mem-
bers who may be involved will probably enjoy
their participation more if they see that the
project is well-organized and that success is

likely.

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