Nov 29, 2015 2:09 PM

Aquaculture project yields NH steelhead trout

The Associated Press

NEW CASTLE (AP) — For the next few weeks, restaurants along New Hampshire's seacoast will be serving up the results of an aquaculture project aimed at supplementing fishermen's dwindling incomes.

Researchers from the UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Sea Grant for several years have been teaching fishermen how to grow steelhead trout, mussels and sea kelp together on floating rafts in the Piscataqua River.

Officials say growing them together benefits the environment because the mussels and kelp act as filters, and the set-up doesn't take up a lot of space. Fishermen get a chance to learn about aquaculture while earning money, and local chefs say the trout fillets have been in high demand.

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