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    Yellowtail circle a tank at the University of Maine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research. The schooling fish swim constantly to keep water moving through their gills to supply oxygen.

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    Ed Robinson, CEO of Acadia Harvest, plans to fill this 360,000-gallon steel and concrete tank with 30,000 to 40,000 California yellowtail, a warm-water fish prized in sushi restaurants. The tank is located at the University of Maine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research in Franklin.

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    This yellowtail is a small adult. Adults weigh 4 to 35 pounds, depending on their age.

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    Kevin Neves, production manager for Acadia Harvest, tosses food pellets into a tank filled with California yellowtail. The fish have voracious appetites and splash around in a frenzy during feedings. Neves usually gets soaked.

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    A 6-week-old yellowtail is measured last year at an Acadia Harvest hatchery. Adults weigh between 4 and 35 pounds.

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    A worker for Acadia Harvest reaches to keep a California yellowtail from escaping from a net. The topedo-shaped fish are found in warm waters off the Baja California Peninsula and southern California. This fish is less than a year old and weighs about two pounds.

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    Arcadia Harvest CEO Ed Robinston, in the foreground, said the business needs to spend an additional $8 million to be commercially viable on a large scale. Behind him is Gretchen Upson, operations assistant, and Kevin Neves, operations manager.

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