Aquaculture businesses get start at Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research


One of the most advanced marine fish hatcheries in the country is the University of Maine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR). Located on Taunton Bay in Franklin, Maine, CCAR’s extensive facilities house aquatic hatcheries, with warm and cold water fish populations (brood stock). The center hosts several aquaculture business incubators, where entrepreneurs can get help with their business plans, find a site for their operations, secure investment capital, engage in research and development, and design full-scale commercial fishery farms. The staff is experienced in raising a variety of species, such as tilapia, salmon, flounder, halibut, California yellowtail, Atlantic halibut and sea urchins. The center is a resource for new and established companies, students and faculty, and fisherman trying to rebuild natural stocks. In this video, director and center biologist Steve Eddy talks about the facilities and the opportunities available. To learn more, visit

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