Nordic Aquafarms expands RAS project in California

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The Scandinavian land based aquaculture company Thursday announces extension of project on the Samoa Peninsula in Humboldt County, California. 

The Humboldt facility will now be equivalent to the company’s sister project in Maine. Permits for California are expected to land in 2021 based on ongoing dialogues with permitting agencies. Demolition work on the site could start next spring.

“With both Maine and California in progress, we are developing the two largest RAS projects on each Northern US coastline. Although size in itself is not our main objective, long-term expansion potential, scale advantages, and quality production are. Nordic Aquafarms is committed to creating long-term sustainable businesses in our chosen communities”, says Nordic Aquafarms President Erik Heim in a press release.

The RAS company is also developing another project in the USA, in Maine. This site is in the planning stages, to produce 16,000 metric tonnes of Atlantic salmon per year in its first phase, growing to 33,000 tonnes a year thereafter.

In the beginning of 2019, the company announced that the California site will bring Nordic Aquafarm’s total US output to 50,000 tonnes of salmon per year.

Designs are developed with by the Danish RAS design department for both Maine and California projects.