Much of The Kingfish Company's success in winning over Maine residents to its land-based aquaculture project had to do with its meticulous relationship building, according to Peter DelGreco, president and CEO of Maine & Co., a privately funded business attraction and economic development organization.

"When information was put forward that was distorted or unfair, or plain wrong, the community could see that it wasn't true," DelGreco told IntraFish of why 33 percent of Jonesport's just over 600-person population showed up at a local community meeting to strike down a moratorium that would have halte the project.