Fish Farmers Wanted

Year-long program will help train farmers in aquaculture production and create a business plan.

Published on: Nov 14, 2012
The Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at the Ohio State University South Centers is looking for 25 beginning fish farmers to participate in a yearlong aquaculture program.

The Aquaculture Boot Camp, or ABC, will offer a hands-on approach to aquaculture and the business of fish farming. A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture will fund the program, so it will be offered to participants at no cost.

"The ultimate goal of this program is to utilize a multi-faceted approach, including classroom and hands-on training paired with industry mentoring, to improve the success rate of new and beginning aquaculture farmers," says Laura Tiu, of the OSU South Centers. "This will be accomplished through the establishment and delivery of an ABC in which participants gain the skills and knowledge required to successfully own and operate a fish farm."
Year-long program will help train farmers in aquaculture production and create a business plan.
Year-long program will help train farmers in aquaculture production and create a business plan.

During the year, participants will take part in 12, one-day training sessions that will include aquaculture workshops, farm tours, homework and study assignments, and the opportunity to work on an operating fish farm.

Students will complete the program with business plans for their operations, Tiu said. And participants will also have access to trainers and mentors in the field.

Applications for the program are available for download at http://go.osu.edu/abc and are due by Nov. 15.
For more information on the program, contact Estefania James at 740-289-2071 or 800-297-2072, ext. 127, or email james.742@osu.edu.

Applicants will be notified of selection by Dec. 15, and the first day of ABC will be Jan. 12 at OSU South Centers, 1864 Shyville Rd., Piketon.