Nordic Aquafarms address rumours that Maine project is “toast”

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Land-based salmon farm opponents UpStream Watch claimed that a permit application was dismissed.

The land-based salmon farmer Nordic Aquafarms has addressed critics who they say have been spreading rumours that their USD 400 million project in Maine, USA, is “toast”.

The company posted on Facebook that local non-profit Upstream Watch wrote to Maine’s Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) requesting that a permit application should be dismissed because the farmer has not provided sufficiant information for a pipe-route.

Nordic Aquafarms wrote that it had provided sufficient information – and included a response from the BPL. “Everything needed to obtain the permits will be addressed in the permit applications. We are currently having all the pre-submission meetings with the authorities and will submit the permit applications shortly,” it wrote.

The company aims to complete open the 30,000 tonnes-a-year land-based salmon farm – later on this year. It is also planning a second land-based aquaculture facility in California, which would bring Nordic Aquafarm’s total US output to 50,000 tonnes of salmon per annum.