Aquaculture Business Plan Development

Marsco is a recognized leader in the development of bankable business plans for proposed aquaculture projects or existing aquaculture operations. For proposed new aquaculture ventures, we only provide this service after feasibility has been clearly demonstrated during the first round of our involvement. We do, however, provide this service to existing aquaculture enterprises. Business plans are a key tool for existing aquaculture companies that need to prepare the business for outright sale, a new venture, or to obtain financing. Furthermore, all businesses should have a "living business plan" that is constantly updated as the business climate and strategic vision of the farm evolves. For an aquaculture company that keeps its plan up to date, this living document is one of the most valuable tools at its disposal.

Aquaculture Project Management Services

Marsco specializes in the development and management of commercial aquaculture projects. We specialize in freshwater and marine fish and shrimp farming project development but have the capacity and expertise to develop any type of commercial aquaculture project. We take a hands-on approach and are involved in every facet of aquaculture project development and management.
As a prerequisite to utilizing our project management services, we do require a feasibility study that has been prepared by our team and feasibility of the project must be clearly and independently demonstrated. Our minimum project size is INR 1 million. Please contact us for more details.

Aquaculture Investment Advisory Services

We advise our qualified clients to consider investments of no less than INR 1 million in new or existing projects and preferably in the range of INR 10-12 million for stand-alone investments in new projects. Services provided to qualified investors may include:

  • Identification and analysis of current investment opportunities in aquaculture;
  • Due diligence on high potential aquaculture investment opportunities;
  • Independent professional opinion and appraisal of existing aquaculture entities.

  • If you are a qualified investor or represent an investment group seeking an aquaculture investment opportunity or you are the owner of an aquaculture company seeking an exit strategy or new equity investor, we encourage you to contact us for further details on our aquaculture investment advisory services.

    Aquaculture Engineering Services

    Marsco aquaculture engineering team consists of some of the most highly skilled and experienced aquaculture design and aquaculture engineers in the industry. Members of our team include civil engineers experienced in pond design and pond construction, and other land-based projects, aquaculture engineers for recirculating aquaculture projects (RAS) and indoor fish farming systems, marine engineers for our offshore aquaculture projects, and a range of engineering expertise for aquaculture feed mills, farm-raised fish processing plants, and farm-raised shrimp processing plants. Our engineers are supported by the AutoCAD experts at InMotion Design. Please contact us for all of your commercial aquaculture engineering requirements.

    Aquaculture Expert Witness

    Every one of Marsco's experts has a minimum of twenty years experience and all are viewed as experts in the aquaculture industry. Expert opinions are available for aquaculture insurance coverage lawsuits, toxic tort cases, alleged claims of environmental damage, complex farm-raised aquaculture product liability cases, and any other cases involving aquaculture or aquaculture-related companies.

    Aquaculture Site Search

    Good site selection is a key first step to realizing a successful aquaculture project. Without a proper site, an aquaculture project may be set-up to fail from the very beginning. It is therefore vital that a suitable site be identified during the very early stages of any fish or shrimp farming project.

    Aquaculture Site Analysis

    All high potential sites for aquaculture development that have been confirmed or discovered during the site search phase of our investigation will be subjected to our professional aquaculture site analysis process. At a minimum, at least two high potential sites will be subjected to in-depth analysis during the site analysis phase of the aquaculture feasibility study.

    Fish Farm Design & Construction

    Since ancient times, fish have been held in a wide variety of man-made structures. These structures were built using simple methods and readily available materials. The fish or other aquatic crop were cared for by the fish farmer and relied upon as an important source of protein for their families. The typical fish farm was developed by forming small ponds by hand, or an even simpler method of trapping tidal water flow in estuaries by building simple water retaining structures.

    Technical Training & Teaching

    Marsco. is prepared to stand behind any project we develop. Our team can train a select group of local skilled and unskilled laborers and aquaculture experts, with the ultimate goal of handing the project off to the local management team once the aquaculture operation is running smoothly.


    Marsco's team of biosecurity and aquatic disease experts are ready to assist stakeholders such as the private sector, responsible governmental agencies or departments, and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) mitigate risks associated with commercial aquaculture operations. Please contact us for biosecurity inspections and surveys of existing operations, and the preparation and implementation of proper biosecurity protocols, procedures, and plans for new or existing enterprises.

    Aquaculture Production Efficiency Improvement

    Marsco's team of fish farming and shrimp farming experts has the ability to efficiently identify problems and deliver solutions that mesh perfectly with existing operations and the overall strategic objectives of the company. We have recently increased the sophistication of these efforts and now use advanced methods like data analytics and business intelligence to support tried and true methods like biomodelling to increase aquaculture production and improve the overall efficiency of aquaculture operations.

    Aquaculture Farm Management Services

    Marsco is capable of managing new and existing aquaculture operations and we make positive impacts wherever we work. Shrimp farm and fish farm management contracts with Marsco, Inc. are negotiated on an annual or multi-year basis utilizing a client-friendly combination of fixed fees and performance-based incentives. Please contact us for more details.

    Fish & Shrimp Feed Formulation

    Efficient delivery of high quality feeds to your fish or shrimp farming operation is critical to success. With the cost of feeding shrimp and fish typically exceeding 50% of total production costs, operating at the highest levels of efficiency are absolutely critical. Working in close collaboration with some of the best aquatic feed mills around the world, our aquatic nutrition expert is ready to develop superior feeds that will reduce overall feed costs and dramatically improve operating margins.

    Water Quality Analysis

    As part of an overall feasibility study, we will undertake a quantitative and qualitative appraisal of all potential source waters for each potential site. On-site measurement of dissolved oxygen, pH, and temperature will be performed for all potential water sources at high potential sites. A certified US lab will perform a chemical analysis of major and minor elements plus heavy metals for all submitted samples of potential water sources. Depending on the location and land usage patterns found in a particular area, we may recommend a pesticide/herbicide/fungicide screening of the prospective source waters. Water quality results will be compared against optimum criteria for fish farming. A quantitative analysis of seasonally adjusted potential flow rates will also be performed.

    Soil Quality Analysis

    Soil quality is important to the prospective farmer that seeks to build a more traditional semi-intensive fish or shrimp farm utilizing earthen ponds. This type of operation relies upon the proper composition of local soils to form stable and watertight earthen ponds. Where land-based aquaculture is concerned, earthen ponds are considered the most cost-effective way to retain water for fish and shrimp farming operations.

    Feasibility Studies

    The primary objective of the feasibility study is to identify both the strengths and weaknesses associated with a proposed project and then make a determination as to whether or not any singular limitation or the sum of any series of limitations warrants disqualification of the proposed project from further consideration. A strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) assessment is typically performed to assist us in this determination. Our focus remains on what is best for the client and the project over the long term.

    Financial Feasibility Analysis for Aquaculture Analysis

    A custom financial feasibility analysis will be prepared for the project envisioned during this process of determining feasibility.

    • Capital equipment & construction cost budget.
    • Development of unit production assumptions.
    • Preliminary production projections.
    • Annual operating expense budgets.
    • Pro forma income statements.
    • Pro forma cash-flow statements.
    • Pro forma balance sheets.
    • Financial ratios analysis.
    • Return on investment analyses.

    Fish & Shrimp Disease Diagnosis

    Disease prevention, disease diagnosis, and disease management are cornerstones of best management practices in aquaculture. Our team can design and implement a biosecure system of health management and disease prevention for any commercial fish farming or shrimp farming operation. We take an integrated approach to disease prevention and control; an approach that integrates strict biosecurity, system design, genetic selection, use of specific pathogen free (SPF) animals, use of high quality feeds, superior water quality management methods, and overall best management practices for fish and shrimp culture.