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Maine's Ecology Under Real Threat

Raising fish and aquatic plants for food consumption, a top industry in the Gulf of Maine, might endanger the ecology.
When the Canadian firm Cooke Aquaculture started wide-ranging farmed-salmon cultivation in Maine with inland nursery and offshore net pens in 2004, no one assumed that it was the beginning of a new threat to the ecosystem. But recent news about treatment of the fish and overloading their pens without observing environmental considerations has been disappointing. Last year, there were also reports of some seafood companies which had allowed industrial establishment: Nordic Aquafarms of Norway and New Zealand’s Kingfish Zeeland are among them. To make it worse, the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development took an initiative named “Land-Based Aquaculture: The Right Fit for Maine”. Under this, facilities are made to develop recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). This is while demand for fish and sea plant is forecast to grow enormously in the coming decade. One of the nearest sources for markets like Boston and New York, Maine features clean water. It’s basically a major source for cultivation of shellfish, oysters and mussels in particular. Among the top places for growing aquatic produce, Maine has competing counterparts like Florida and Alaska.
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By Samira Hassanzadeh on October 19, 2021


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