Sea research
Web site debuts

Star-Bulletin staff

Ocean science and technology research and industrial developments are being reported on a unique new state Web site,

The online trade magazine features technical articles by scientists on an array of topics, industry press releases and a directory of more than 170 Hawaii companies in the field.

Bill Spencer, Hawaii Venture Capital Association president, said ocean science is one of Hawaii's critical industries targeted for economic diversification.

"This new online magazine provides an astonishing and comprehensive glimpse of the work of the many Hawaii companies and their breakthrough accomplishments in this important technology sector.

"Investors looking for the 'next big thing' would do well to bookmark this site and return often to stay abreast of developments in the industry."

C. Barry Raleigh, dean of the University of Hawaii School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology, said: "The ocean community in Hawaii will be delighted with the Hawaii Ocean Science & Technology Web page. I look forward to more scientific articles."

Topics will include oceanography, aquaculture, fisheries, biotechnology, ecology, energy, engineering, geophysics, surveying, safety, water quality and mineral research.

Industry news releases will be presented so viewers can monitor technological advances.

Among efforts in recent years to attack high-tech investors, the state offered a 100 percent tax credit -- double that offered anywhere else -- for up to $2 million in a qualified high-tech business, the state's High Tech Development Corp. pointed out.

The Legislature added ocean sciences to the tax incentives this year, said Nola Miyasaki, the corporation's executive director and chief executive officer, adding, "We anticipate active participation by those in ocean-related technology development who can benefit tremendously from the legislation."

Visitors to the Web site may sign up for a newsletter that will notify them by e-mail when articles are appearing in their areas of interest.

The Ocean Resources Branch of the Energy Resources and Technology Division of the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism is sponsoring the Web site.

For more information, see or call Howard Deese, 587-2685.

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