Fisheries and Aquaculture Supply Chain

The Minnesota Sea Grant fisheries and aquaculture supply chain project team 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

On April 1, 2021, the project team published the white paper "Lake Superior Commercial Fishing and Aquaculture Supply Chains in Minnesota."

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What is a 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 Lake Superior commercial fishery and aquaculture supply chains in Minnesota (and perhaps other Great Lakes states) to understand how best to increase the resiliency, flexibility, and sustainability of these supply chains in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and 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?

We have created two summary videos that describe both the aquaculture and commercial fisher supply chains in Minnesota. These videos summarize some of the challenges and potential solutions this project found.

Lake Superior Commercial Fishing Supply Chain in Minnesota

Aquaculture Supply Chain in Minnesota

Participants & audience

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

Funding

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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Interim Extension Program Leader (June - Dec 2022) and Fisheries Specialist (2014-2022)

Partners

  • University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, Carlson Consulting Enterprise, Academic Institution (College and University)