So you want to know how to start Aquaculture Fish Farms? There are a few basic items that you will need to consider.
• Do you have land and water resources available in sufficient amounts to be able to become profitable aquaculture fish farms?
• Can you afford to start small with only one or two ponds or tanks?
• Are you willing to learn as you grow, and ask for help and take some courses?
• Practical experience can be frustrating and test your patience. Are you ready?
Becoming an Aquaculture Fish Farm Operator is an experience that is new for many people. There is much to learn and be able to implement. You will want to choose wisely the following items:
• Special requirements for the species of fish you choose.
• Water quality
• Feed required for optimal health
• Marketing requirements
• Your best method of learning and implementation
You may learn best by hands on internships, books, seminars, or hiring an expert who already has been through the experiences that you are about to embark upon. If you do not do your homework, it will not just be a lower grade, it can turn in to thousands of dollars and days, weeks and months of your life that could have your investment floating on the surface of your pond or tank. Even if you just did a one year experiment for a trial production crop, you will learn much more than ever just reading in a book.
I can understand why you would be interested in studying Aquaculture fish farms, as there appears to be a steady rise of searches on the internet for the industry, as well as more and more colleges offering courses. So if you are ready to work hard and smart, you may want to associate with a school that can help you become successful. One college who can help you accomplish that is Langston University Fisheries located in Langston, OK. They have an extensive program for working with local Aquaculture Fish Farmers as well others involved in management of ponds and facilities.
After research, I have found that I like their take on the management and business aspects of Aquaculture fish farming. They take the approach that you need to be prepared for the possibilities and needs to make the transition into success. I have had some friends that started a trout farm in Colorado, and they were ready to move on after a few years. It can be a challenge for those who are not prepared for those challenges.
This is definitely not a hobby to retire on, but you can also manage a pond and have the ability to fish and provide for your family and a few select friends and customers if you plan your project correctly. From the people that I have interviewed, and know, it is not an inexpensive process to undertake if you are looking at a fish farm to drastically change your profit margin for the better in a short time frame.
My experience with fish farming has been by helping others with their ponds and small tanks, and I must refer you to others who have more experience than me in this portion of permaculture. I have built small ponds, and have had the entire population of fish get eaten and wiped out by some hungry otters that came upriver further than I thought they would travel. Needless to say, I was glad that we had not invested large amounts of money on that project. We noticed the otters kept coming back every once in a while to see if we had filled up their private fish buffet.
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