Middletown eel farm gets state money

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH)–Eel farms are a growing industry in Connecticut, and they’re changing the way many think about agriculture. If you’re a taxpayer, you’re invested in the farm’s success.

“They’re sweet tasting but chewy,” said Bill Clayton, who has become an eel farm entrepreneur.

“I’ve got customers in three different countries and eight states,” Clayton said.

His fish are destined for dinner plates all over the world.

Right now, the eel industry in the state of Connecticut is about $100,000 large but there are those that say it could get even bigger soon.

“It’s mainly an overseas market,” Clayton said.

The state recently awarded Clayton’s company a $50,000 grant to expand its business.

“I’ll use that money to by some more tanks,” he said.

Clayton believes the eel business could become a billion-dollar industry.

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