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Business Planning

Learn the basics before starting an aquaculture enterprise. Find resources on business and financial planning, opportunities and risks, laws and permits, facilities and equipment, markets and marketing and more.

Should You Attempt Fish Farming? Considerations for Prospective Fish Growers   html

Virginia Cooperative Extension Service.

Asks questions that focus on knowledge, skills, assessments and costs one should answer when considering an aquaculture business. Identifies publications and organizations.

Introduction to Aquaculture   pdf   (43 KB)

Pennsylvania State University. Agricultural Research and Cooperative Extension.

Overview of the industry including statistics, market research, planning and permits, and facilities and equipment.

Beginning Aquaculture   html

Southern Regional Aquaculture Center.

Access full-text publications on information about the realities and potential when getting started in aquaculture and small scale, on-farm fish processing.

Is Aquatic Farming for You?   pdf   (24 KB)

Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center.

Self-test and checklist to determine whether aquaculture is appropriate for you.

Aquaculture Enterprises: Considerations and Strategies   html

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Explores important considerations that must be weighed when planning an aquaculture enterprise and provides a list of resources and contacts for additional information.

Making Plans for Commercial Aquaculture in the North Central Region   html

University of Missouri Extension.

Pointers for planning a commercial fish culture enterprise including information about training, markets, management, physical and production factors, and risks.

Choosing an Organizational Structure for Your Aquaculture Business   pdf   (40 KB)

North Central Regional Aquaculture Center.

Helps in determining the organizational structure for aquaculture operations of varied sizes - from small part-time farms to very large operations - including sole proprietorship, partnerships (general and limited) and corporations (regular and subchapter-S).

Business Planning For Aquaculture - Is It Feasible?   pdf   (54 KB)

Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center.

Guidance on how to develop a good business plan; includes pull-out worksheets.

Developing an Aquaculture Business Plan   html

University of Connecticut. Connecticut Sea Grant. Cooperative Extension Service.

Lists elements of an aquaculture business proposal for presentation to a financial institution.

Developing Business Proposals for Aquaculture Loans   pdf   (96 KB)

Southern Regional Aquaculture Center.

How to optimize two major components of a business loan proposal: the marketing plan and the financial analysis.