As part of our aquaculture initiative, the Indiana Soybean Alliance has started the Advancing Indiana Aquaculture program. This Web site is part of that program. We have attempted to include as much information as possible for beginning and experienced fish farmers. While the information compiled here is not all-inclusive, we have tried to be as thorough as possible, covering all the various types of aquaculture relevant to Indiana and the Midwest. If you would like to submit any information for our Web site, please click here.
The Indiana Aquaculture Initiative is part of the Indiana Soybean Alliance’s strategic plan to develop new, local markets for Indiana soybean farmers through the sales of soy-based fish feeds.
Managing efforts by initial focus on three candidate species that we can produce in Indiana and target to specific markets: Hybrid striped bass, Largemouth bass, and Yellow perch.
Plan of Work
The following segments have been targeted for development to achieve the goal of the initiative's strategic plan:
GUIDANCE: Aquaculture advisory council formed consisting of government, industry and university experts. Council guides the implementation of the aquaculture initiative.
RESEARCH: Analysis of restaurants and grocers to determine market potential for Indiana farmed fish.
ASSISTANCE: Development of business planning materials and an easily recognized web portal to access aquaculture materials.
EDUCATION: Educational workshops to target potential new entrants into the industry.
FINANCING: Connect prospective producers with funding institutions interested in supporting aquaculture. Click here to see Powerpoint presentations from the February 22, 2008 Aquaculture Financing Workshop in Indianapolis.
FEED: Support the development of soy-based diets for the species of interest.
EXAMPLES: Identify successful aquaculture ventures and programs to create models for success that can be implemented in Indiana.
RATIONALE: Development of fact-based financial rationale for raising fish in Indiana.
For more information, please contact
Shelia Lingle, Aquaculture Director
Indianapolis, IN 46278