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Maine Salmon Industry Hungry for Success

US - Its feeding time at Cobscook Bays Broad Cove and the 25,000 salmon are hungry.

According to AgWeek, their twice-daily dinner arrives on a barge loaded with 80 tons of feed pellets, which deliver the food through a 3 inch plastic pipe. In a matter of minutes, an underwater camera shows the pellets draws no more takers: The salmon are satisfied.

The centralized, automated feeding system is among changes now in place as Maine’s salmon farming industry mounts a vigorous comeback five years after it collapsed when the three biggest players sold off their operations and left the state, says AgWeek.

The new owner is Cooke Aquaculture Inc., a family owned business across the border in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick, that has invested $60 million to restore production to its former peak levels. It also plans to put an idle processing plant back in operation next year.

Salmon farming was a bright spot in Maine’s economy before a series of setbacks set the stage for the industry’s downfall.