This Aquaculture program is funded by a grant from the
U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency.

Providing a Gateway for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs)
to do Business in the Aquaculture Industry

Our Goal

The goal of the aquaculture program is to identify and promote minority business owners
in aquaculture industries or research institutions to result in advancing U.S. marine aquaculture.

University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

The Aquaculture Program at the University of Miami’s (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
is one of the leading programs in the country; and are participating as a program sub-contractor. The UM program also serves as
consultants to hatcheries and growout facilities world-wide. In addition, they provide commercial quantities of juvenile fish for
industry partners. The goal is to pair companies with aquaculture research experts to assist in planning, research, seminars, and events.

MBE Matchmaking & Mentoring

Identify minority owned firms in the food and beverages field that have an interest in aquaculture as an area of growth. Also, identify prime companies with which these MBEs could be matched or mentored.

Education & Training

MBEs will be paired with aquaculture research experts from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School to assist in planning, research, access to a variety of courses and resources in person or online.

Technical Assistance & Access to Financing

Business assessment, financial and business plans; as well as identify major corporations purchasing seafood to create innovative opportunities.

Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms including fish, mollusks, crustaceans and aquatic plants. Farming implies some form of intervention in the rearing process to enhance production, such as regular stocking, feeding, protection from predators, etc. Farming also implies individual or corporate ownership of the stock being cultivated. For statistical purposes, aquatic organisms which are harvested by an individual of corporate body which has owned them throughout their rearing period contribute to aquaculture while aquatic organisms which are exploitable by public as a common property resource, with or without appropriate licenses, are the harvest of fisheries.

The MBE Aquaculture Team

Myrtha Wroy, MSM

Program Director

Myrtha's fields of expertise include, but are not limited to, business assessment, business development, compliance, contract management, project management, grant support, procurement, acquisitions and small business assistance.

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Alciades (Al) Velasquez

Senior Project Manager

Al Velasquez is a seasoned professional with an extensive background in project management, business consulting, strategic planning, economic impact studies, demographic analysis, data analysis and computer tools.

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