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, create and promote minority business owners
in aquaculture industries to result in advancing U.S. 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 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 and NxT Horizon 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 fastest growing area of agriculture in the world today, Aquaculture is the farming and husbandry of auactis animals and plants. Aquaculture farms may make use of lakes, rivers, and oceans. They may also be found on land, in rural areas and even in the hearts of major cities.

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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