BELFAST — As it moves forward with its plan to build a land-based salmon farm on land it is buying from the Belfast Water District, Nordic Aquafarms Inc. has scheduled a public Information meeting for 6 p.m. next Tuesday, March 26, at the Hutchinson Center.
The meeting will give the company an opportunity to present information and take public comment about its soon-to-be-filed Maine Site Location of Development Act (SLODA) and Natural Resources Protection Act (NRPA) permit applications as well as its previously submitted wastewater discharge (MEPDES) permit application,.
Nordic plans to submit its SLODA and NRPA applications to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection next month. The company submitted its MEPDES application with DEP last October. All of the applications will be considered by the Maine Board of Environmental Protection in the coming months.
“We have been working diligently over many months to prepare these very comprehensive permit applications,” Nordic’s commercial director, Marianne Naess, said in a statement announcing the meeting. “They demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and protecting the natural environment while building a facility that will create new jobs and add significantly to the local tax base.
“We look forward to sharing information with area residents and getting their feedback.”
Nordic Aquafarms is a major investor and developer in land-based aquaculture. It currently has production facilities in both Norway and Denmark and is developing two projects in the United States.
Current plans call for the company to start construction in Belfast sometime this year, begin operations in 2020 and harvest its first fish in 2022. Initially, the company expects to have an annual production of about 35 million pounds of Atlantic salmon, with annual production ultimately reaching some 73 million pounds.
Last month, the company announced plans announced plans to build another land-based recirculating aquaculture fish farm near Eureka, Calif., capable of growing up to 55 million pounds of Atlantic salmon a year.