A Brunswick-based company has been awarded a $150,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation to study moving aquaculture farms onshore. RAS Corp. announced that the grant will provide additional funding for ongoing research with the University of Maine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) in Franklin. The first stage of development was funded through a Maine Technology Seed Grant.
UMaine’s research facility provides real life conditions to study aquaculture. RAS Corporation’s research at the facility studies the creation of a land-based aquaculture center that mimics an ecosystem where one species’ waste products are filtered organically using another plant or animal. Most other systems are mechanical.
According To RAS Corporation their organic system will cut capital equipment and processing costs by one-third, as well as being environmentally friendly mimicking nature.
In December of 2012 RAS Corporation won a $249,491.Maine Technology Institute TechStart grant for its proposal to culture fish in a recirculating aquaculture system on a waterfront site in Maine, with five possible sites under consideration. Prior to going full-scale, a proposed 12-month pilot plant will take advantage of the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture (CCAR) business incubation facilities in Franklin. This grant was matched with $312,003.