Maine's aquaculture industry bouncing back

8:46 PM, Nov 16, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine's salmon aquaculture industry nosedived because of a disease outbreak and pullout by Norwegian companies a decade ago, but it's continuing to bounce back.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries says the state's salmon-heavy aquaculture industry is second in Maine only to lobster in terms of total value.

Spokeswoman Maggie Mooney-Seus says Maine's aquaculture had a value last year of $81 million. That's more than double the $38 million value of third-place elvers. Of course, both pale in comparison to Maine's lobster catch, valued last year at a record $341 million.

Sebastian Belle from the Maine Aquaculature Association says the industry is better off now than before the crash. That's because aquaculture is more diverse with shelfish now accounting for roughly 20 percent of the value.


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