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.