AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s capital city may not seem the likeliest place to start a business breeding tropical fish. But the publisher of a well-known regional publication has just that in mind.

The Kennebec Journal in Augusta says Joseph Sutton, who also co-owns the Augusta-based classified advertising publication Uncle Henry’s, has taken his plan to the city.

A representative for Sutton told Augusta officials that the businessman hopes to breed tropical fish to be sold to pet stores, and process imported mussels and possibly clams in a saltwater habitat. The operation would be housed in a new building behind the Uncle Henry’s building in the city.

City planners voted last week to recommend that council modify an ordinance to allow aquaculture as a conditional use in all zones where agriculture is allowed.

Information from: Kennebec Journal,