Land-based salmon farm to build processing facility

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Whole Oceans in Bucksport, Maine, is planning facility to add to its USD 180 million RAS fish farm.

Bangor Daily News reports that Whole Oceans is planning a USD 20 million processing facility.

Emergent Holdings and Whole Oceans CEO told the publication: “At the end of the day, we wanted to be in control of our own destiny as far as yields go and quality goes. With the industry that’s already out there [at the industrial park] in the same sector, seafood processing, we can take advantage of the trucking routes and different vendors [already in use] in the area.”

“And you’ll start to see that the producers are starting to own their own processing,” he added.

The land-based salmon farm salmon farmer planning a 50,000 tonne-year RAS facility on the site of the former Verso Paper mill.

The company would apply for a permit to build the processing facility on three or four acres at Buckstown by the middle or the end of 2021, Bartlett said.

Bartlett is the third CEO the company has had since 2018. Last October, Whole Oceans founder Rob Piasio stepped down from the role to be replaced by company COO and shipbuilding veteran Jason Mitchell.