The Essential Start Guide to Maine Aquaculture

Outlining the rich opportunities and the overlooked realities of starting an aquaculture business in the state of Maine.

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Becoming an Aquaculturist

In Maine, Aquaculturists are stewards of both local economies and ecologies. They inhabit a unique role in their communities — one that's not to be taken lightly. This guide will help you determine if sea farming is right for you. If you're looking for more general information about aquaculture in Maine, click the link below.

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01 – Do Your Research

Learn the basics of business planning, markets, species, gear types, and regulations to start a successful aquaculture business.

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02 – Select Your Site

Key decisions must be explored before deciding on a site. The process is rigorous, mistakes can be costly, and poor planning can set you back years.

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03 – Running Your Farm

Plan ahead — ensure seed and gear arrive in time for peak growing season. Keep detailed records of the location, density, and growth rates of your crops.

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04 – Running Your Business

Don't neglect the business side of running a sea farm. Consider insurance options, business structure, compliance with DMR rules, and employment.

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05 – Selling Your Product

Crops reaching market size is a long-awaited reward! Planning & forecasting efforts culminate here, creating sales and profits for some and leaving others with product they can't sell.

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What's Next

Looking for financial resources?

Whether you need funding to start your business, hire employees, or purchase new gear, finding the right financial resources can be confusing. We lay out the basics – the standard sources for aquaculture business funding as well as some industry-specific resources.

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