Business Planning

Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture

This 2014 catalog, developed in accordance with the National Aquaculture Act of 1980 (16 U.S.C. 2801, et seq.), describes Federal programs and activities "that directly or indirectly encourage, support, or assist U.S. aquaculture." Prepared by the Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture (formerly the Joint Subcommittee on Aquaculture) under the National Science and Technology Council’s Life Sciences Subcommittee.  Please note:  Websites and/or programs may have changed.  Conduct a web search for the Federal Government Agency and/or the aquaculture program name to locate current information on these programs.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

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