The Aquaculture program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency.
Aquaculture production specifically refers to output from aquaculture activities, which are designated for final harvest for consumption. At this time, harvest for ornamental purposes is not included.
Outreach & Networking Events
The Aquaculture program will host various events monthly to foster business development and expansion within aquaculture.
This includes expertise from the Univerity of Miami Aquaculture Program, instruction, site vists, skills training, transmission of working knowledge, and consulting services. This can be conducted via webinar, live events, 1-on-1 consultations and digital support.
Major corporations already established in the aquaculture field will offer mentoring opportunties to Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). This will inculde hospitality groups, grocery chain, restaurants and others. The team will also pair minority-owned aquaculture focused businesses with minority students interested in the industry for mentorship and internship opportunities.
Services include sales consulting and forecasting, market feasibility studies, operations management and quality control, bid preparation and bonding and manufacturing facility leasing.
Access to Capital
Services include identification of domestic and global financing opportunities, equity financing, brokerage of financial transactions, identification and closure of merger and acquisition transactions.
Education & Training
Industry leaders conduct workshops and seminars designed to teach minority entrepreneurs how to take their businesses to the next level.
Programs & Services :
Identify minority-owned ﬁrms interested in aquaculture
Identify minority-owned ﬁrms in the food and beverage ﬁeld
Promote growth to minority-owned ﬁrms In aquaculture
Identify prime companies to be matched and mentored with minority-owned ﬁrms in the food and beverage ﬁeld
Minority-owned ﬁrms will be paired with aquaculture research experts from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School to assist in planning, research, and providing access to a variety of resources in person or online
Minority-owned ﬁrms will have access to business assessments, assistance to access to capital and review of business plans
DID YOU KNOW?
As the world wrestles with the Challenge of feeding a vast and growing population, there is an urgent need for aquaculture. Seventy percent of the world’s surface is covered by ocean; and the oceans are only producing about 2% of the world’s foods. As a result, the aquaculture industry is the festest-growing form of protein production.
Currently, one-third of seafood caught in the US. is sold to other countries, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) website.
In 2015 nearly $803 million was totaled by Florida’s top agricultural exports: ﬁsh, crustaceans and other aquatic species, according to Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
In the United States, marine aquaculture production increased an average of 3.3 percent per year from 2009 1:02014.
Who We Serve
This is a national program that serves the continental United States. To be eligible, our clients must be 51% owned and controlled by: