Maine university joins international aquaculture project

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - A Maine university will play a role as the American representative in a new international aquaculture project funded by the European Union.

The University of New England says it will be a part of the AquaVitae Consortium, which is aimed at speeding up development of sustainable aquaculture in countries along the Atlantic Ocean. The European Union is funding the $8.9 million project through the Horizon 2020 program.

The university is joining 35 other groups on the project. The project is focusing on aquaculture of species that are low on the food chain. The effort has partner groups in places as far apart as Brazil and South Africa.