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Mi’kmaq hatchery expands to quadruple fish production in 2023
December 22, 2022 By Hatchery International staff
The Mi’kmaq Farms and Fish Hatchery in Caribou, Maine is looking to boost its annual brook trout production from 12,000 to 48,000 pounds with a planned expansion onto its facility.
“[Mi’kmaq Nation] had been hoping to expand our current fish hatchery for quite awhile because we’ve had an incredible demand for our brook trout on the sale side, but also, [Mi’kmaq Farms] provides food fish to the tribal community,” said Cara O’Donnell, natural resources director for Mi’kmaq Nation, to the Bangor Daily News.
Mi’kmaq Farms raises trout in its two recirculating aquaculture tanks, but will build four more behind the hatchery as part of the expansion.
The farm has received a series of grants totalling almost US$4.2 million this year. The majority, $4 million, comes from an Economic Development Administration grant which was awarded in September. The farm was also awarded three solar grants from the Agriculture Infrastructure Investment Program, Acme Fish and the Community Action Grant.
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