Starting any kind of business needs knowledge and experience in the related field. If you are new to the fishing business, it might be a good idea to start small and gather experience as you progress. Managing a business requires many of the administrative skills, be it fish farming or any other business.
It also means that you will not have a boss to give you directions and you will have to make all your decisions on your own, if you do not have any partners. A fish farm or fish based business could easily generate a good amount of money. So starting on your own in the aquaculture fish industry, you must first learn all about fish farming.
Because learning about fish farms will prepare you to make educated decisions. Every business has its own challenge, and you should do whatever it takes to gain firsthand knowledge about the business. Taking a part time job at a local fishery might also give you hands on experience.
Before you start your business as a fish farmer, consider these steps and decide if fish farming is the best business for you.
A Good Knowledge Of Running The Farm:
This is probably the most important thing to know. You must have a sound knowledge of how to run an aquaculture business. Attend a lecture or a seminar on aquaculture, so you can learn a lot more about the rudiments of fish farming. Equipped with this knowledge, you’d gain valuable information about fish farming, and every it takes to turn out successful.
Before starting any business, you need to have a business strategy outlined. Your business plan should contain all necessary information about the structure of your company, your expenses, expected investment and anticipated return on your investment.
Location of the Fish Farm:
When selecting the location for your fish farm, you need to consider it’s proximity from the nearest town, the security in the vicinity, the presence or absence of fish prey, and more.
Ensure the environment for growing your fish farm is ideal for your business to thrive.
You need to consider the size of the land you intend to use to grow your fish farming business. Usually, a plot of land or two is great to start out a fish farming business. But where you don’t have the luxury of land space, you can start out in your backyard, and grow from there.
Acquiring the land mass to set up your fish farm should be strategically done. You need to get an affordable property in a not-so rural area, but still close to a major city. This way, you can purchase the lands a lot cheaper than you would have in a city, and also have the luxury of purchasing as many affordable plots of lands as possible.
Pond Planning, Size, Design, Construction, and Consideration:
You need to determine the type of pond that you need constructed. For a levee-type pond, a flat area that has access to a well could be used. But for a watershed pond, steeper areas near a natural source of water are to be used.
It’s usually best to contact the services of an aquaculture consultant. They’d get your full requirements, examine your goals, determine what you truly need, and ensure the construction work and general requirements of the fish ponds are properly met.
Source of Water Supply:
The source of water supply to the fish ponds is important to proper development and maturity of your fish farm for commercial use. It’s important to have a proper borehole system built in the vicinity to ensure a reliable source of water supply.
This gets even more crucial with the fact that the water would have to be changed on a regular interval, and a lack there in, of proper adequate water supply to ensure the survival of these fishes, would lead to a considerable loss in investments.
You must know that rain water and chemically treated water are totally out of the fish farming process. They’re unsafe for the fishes, and cannot be recommended for standard use. Get a steady flow of fresh water, so your pond can thrive.
How the fishes feed and other items are stored, has to be considered and set up right from the onset. Ensure the feeds are stored in a cool and dry place. Also ensure they’re not exposed to little farm animals that could make holes in the bags and feed on them.
The Next Is Marketing Your Fish Out And Advertising Them
Your marketing success will largely depend on how active you are in informing others about your new venture. Your connections with local businesses will be the most effective marketing tool for you at the beginning. There are many ways to advertise your farm with very little cost.
You can use the internet, social media platforms and other forms of media such as the newspaper, your local radio station, your city papers, bulletin boards and handmade signs and flyers to get customers to visit your farm.
You can also use your farm as a storefront. If you are on a busy road, add some signage telling passers-by about your fish and encourage them to stop and buy some. For more marketing strategies, visit this blog.
I hope this article will help you to gather all the resources you need to start your own business in aquaculture. Now there is nothing that’s stopping you from Starting and becoming a business owner.