Gulf of Mexico seafood reps tour CCAR

Gulf Seafood Institute representatives wanting to learn how to jump-start an aquaculture hub in the Gulf of Mexico toured several facilities in Maine, including the University of Maine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research in Franklin. According to SeafoodSource​, ​the 24 fishermen, scientists and state officials explored successful aquaculture companies and met seafood farmers. Carrie Castille, agriculture and natural resources consultant to the Gulf Seafood Institute, said the tour provided valuable insight. Other facilities on the tour included: Cooke Aquaculture’s Atlantic salmon hatchery and the company’s offshore Atlantic salmon pens in East Machias; the USDA’s National Cold Water Marine Aquaculture Center in Franklin; and the Hollander and de Koning mussel processing plant in Trenton.