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Aquaculturists can find work with commercial and private fish farms owned by corporations, states, or individuals. They may work with a small family-run operation or with a large operation employing hundreds of people. Large or small, aquaculture facilities can be found throughout the United States. The Office of Aquaculture at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that the largest production states for marine aquaculture are Maine, Washington, Virginia, Louisiana, and Hawaii, and the largest states for freshwater aquaculture are Mississippi (catfish) and Idaho (trout). Some universities also hire aquaculturists, as do the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other national organizations.

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