Aquaculture Supply Chain

Graphical flow chart showing hatchery, sourcing, processing, storage, and marketing of fish products before and after COVID.
Aquaculture supply chain flow chart before and after COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: University of Minnesota, Carlson Consulting Enterprise.

The Minnesota Sea Grant aquaculture supply chain project seeks to identify viable scenarios for the effective processing and distribution of commercial fish and aquaculture products in Minnesota.  

  • Project start date: September 1, 2020
  • Project end date:  August 31, 2021

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What is an aquaculture supply chain?

A supply chain is a network of producers and distributors between a company and its suppliers that gets a specific product - in this case fish - to a final buyer. Supply chains also represent the steps it takes to get a product or service from its original state to the customer. Supply chain management when done well can lower costs and speed a businesses' production and delivery cycle.   

Steps in a supply chain may include moving and transforming a raw material - like fish - into finished products, transporting those products, and distributing them to wholesale, retail, and direct to consumers. 

Project description

Minnesota Sea Grant engaged a student team from the University of Minnesota, Carlson Consulting Enterprise (CCE) to investigate the aquaculture supply chain in Minnesota (and perhaps other Great Lakes states) to understand how best to increase the resiliency, flexibility, and sustainability of the commercial and farmed fisheries supply chain and processing capabilities to mitigate future disruptions.

Why Minnesota Sea Grant?

The Aquaculture Supply Chain project supports Sea Grant's mission to enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal, marine and Great Lakes resources in order to create a sustainable economy and environment. Specifically, this project supports our national and state focus area of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

What have we done lately?

In the fall of 2020, the Aquaculture Supply Chain project team interviewed commercial and aquaculture fish farmers along Minnesota's North Shore. The project team toured facilities (masked) to watch how various fish products are processed and conducted socially distanced interviews to learn first-hand about how producers operate and what barriers they encounter in their business.

Participants & audience

The Aquaculture Supply Chain project seeks to serve commercial fishers and aquaculture farmers in Minnesota.  


The Aquaculture Supply Chain project is funded by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Sea Grant Office.

Program Staff

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Fisheries and Aquaculture Extension Educator
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Fisheries Specialist