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

Providing Minority Business Enterprises A Gateway To Doing 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.

Business Consultations

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.

Aquaculture is understood to mean 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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Don C. Lawhorn

Project Manager

Don is well versed in supplier diversity, community engagement, outreach, training, equity, compliance, economic development and certifications, including MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE, 8(a), VOSB, SDVOSB, ACDBE, LAUCP, HUB Zone and Hudson Initiative.

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Bid Opportunities

Workshops & Webinars