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Are there any grants for new aquaculture farms?

asked 2015-01-31 06:50:15 -0800

Scott Knowlton gravatar image

updated 2015-02-02 15:07:28 -0800

Nancy gravatar image

I live in Parkman Maine and I have fished most of my life. I have built three ponds. I am now raising fresh water salmon and rainbow smelt. I have fresh water clams for my filtration system. I am trying to build.a bigger pond to finish my farm. I also need money to start up my business. I am 51 years old, The name of the company is Appalachianvalley. My g mail add. Is appalachianvalley@gmail.com. Thank you. Are there any grants for a new aquaculture farm?

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answered 2015-02-02 15:31:31 -0800

Linda gravatar image

This sounds very cool, Scott, thanks for helping to produce more seafood in a responsible way! There are organizations that support this type of effort with financial and other types of assistance. I have a couple recommendations for you to find a grant or low-cost loan.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offers some programs that give financial and other assistance to projects related to sustainable aquaculture in the U.S. Their Funding Opportunities page describes these further and also lists other funding opportunities. One of them is the Fisheries Finance Program which provides low expense loans. They could be worth checking out!

SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education) is a non-profit devoted to "Grants and Education to Advance Innovations in Sustainable Agriculture. This does include aquaculture. Their Northeast Region, which covers Maine, offers grants for anywhere from $15,000 to larger projects needing $30,000 to $200,000. Check out the Northeast SARE website and click on the Grants section to learn more.

Hope this helps!

 

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