Construction at 50,000 ton per-year Maine indoor salmon farm to begin next spring

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Whole Oceans’ recirculating aquaculture system Atlantic salmon farm in Bucksport, Maine is expected to start construction next spring.

As Maine fast becomes the home to the new pink gold rush yet another mega indoor salmon farm has thrown its hat into the ring.

According to mainebiz, Whole Oceans intends to file, or has filed, nine permit applications with local, state and federal regulators to build its plant at a former paper mill site.

Not in a rush
“The company has been in dialogue with local regulators for two years now and has enjoyed working with [permitting] authorities, but the process just takes time,” spokeswoman Angie Helton told the publication.“Whole Oceans is not in a rush — the focus is to get this right.”

The company planning to build an indoor salmon farm in Bucksport — Maine’s second such facility — hopes to begin construction next spring.

CEO Rob Piasio, a Maine native, has big plans for his state.

50,000 metric tons
The company led by Whole Oceans CEO Rob Piasio has huge ambitions. In a press release in February, the company said it was planning a phased $250 million investment at Bucksport, projects that at full production will be able to produce 50,000 metric tons of Atlantic salmon per year. Furthermore the company says that it has has pre-sold 100% of production for 10 years.

Whole Oceans is the second company in Maine planning a salmon farm with Nordic Aquafarms situated just 20 miles away. The former mill town is hoping for an economic rebirth and a foothold in the new RAS revolution.