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Trout farm plans revealed on Cornish coastline

A plan to build a series of trout farms along the Cornish coast could create a multi-million pound industry to rival the success of Scotland's salmon industry, the Cornish Guardian reports. 

UK: However, doubts have been raised over the project due to the exposed nature of the Duchy's coastline. It could also potentially create conflict with local fishermen, watersports users and those with expensive homes boasting unspoilt sea views, the newspaper wrote.

The project is being led by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), along with the British Trout Association and The Crown Estate, which owns most of the UK’s foreshore.

They are currently seeking a business partner to help demonstrate the potential to farm rainbow trout in pens off the Cornish coast.

“This project should help support the long-term sustainable development of the marine aquaculture sector in English waters. Our model provides a platform for the sharing of information, stakeholder input and dialogue,” Neil Auchterlonie, programme director in food security and aquaculture at Cefas, said.
A Cefas spokesman said the tendering process was still ongoing. An announcement is not expected until the autumn.

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