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The rugged coast of Maine is not the place for the faint-hearted and meek. Travel "downeast" as far as you can go and you'll reach the harbor at Lubec, Maine, the easternmost port in the United States. Here you'll find an innovative fish farm owned by the Atlantic Salmon Company. It is in the hostile waters of Lubec Harbor (as well as in Machias Bay) that the company raises Atlantic salmon, a seafood delicacy.
"Corrals" That Float--and Rust
The floating pens that hold the salmon are reminiscent of a corral used to round up cattle in the wild west. But there is one major difference -- these "corrals" are afloat in a hostile, salt water environment. The forty huge, metal buoys-measuring up to 51/2 feet in diameter-used to support the containing nets are subject to the most corrosive environment imaginable. Despite a regular regimen of repair and repainting, the buoys rusted heavily within two months. Such high maintenance costs could not be allowed to continue.