Maine’s growing aquaculture industry has matured to the point where fish farms are finding it easier to get loans from commercial lenders and are attracting capital from private equity investors, according to industry leaders and financial experts.

Maine’s clean, productive marine environment and the state’s reputation for producing quality food products has created a “perfect match” for investors looking for sustainable ways to meet the surging global demand for food, said John Pavan, owner of Altezza Advisors, a Brunswick-based firm that has invested in three Maine aquaculture companies.

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