Land-based salmon farmer Whole Oceans to expand site by 10 acres

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Additional space will be used where the saltwater intake is.

On Facebook, North America’s East Coast Whole Oceans writes it is adding more than 10 additional acres on the site of the former Verso Paper Mill, Bucksport, Maine.

The USD 250 million land-based salmon farm is aiming for a 50,000 tonnes-a-year production.

On the additional space, Whole Oceans CEO Jacob Bartlett said that: “this gives us more than 10 acres where our saltwater intake will be and includes deep water access and a wharf with a warehouse”.

IMAGE: Whole Oceans

Whole Oceans Senior Project Coordinator Michael Thompson added: “Aquaculture at this level is complex, and the addition of Lot 3 creates even more opportunities that must be considered. So, while you may not see a shovel in the ground yet, know that our team is working hard to develop the best designs that will result in a world-class facility for Bucksport and the state of Maine.”

This means that the land-based salmon farmer will now have to update its permits with the town of Bucksport as well as the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, reported local news station Wabi TV.

Emergent Holdings, the parent company of Whole Oceans, bought a majority stake in the ‘Namgis First Nation land-based salmon farmer Kuterra in 2019.