Nordic Aquafarms share first look at Maine salmon campus

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Land-based salmon farmer has plans to put a visitor centre near its fish processing building.

Nordic Aquafarms has released a series of illustrations on social media that’ll show what the site will look like when construction starts at its site in Belfast, Maine, USA.

The company’s President Erik Heim wrote in a press release last month that the 850,000 GSF aquaculture production facility will be built in two phases, with the first phase targeted for completion in 2021.

Gilbane Building Company and Landry/French Construction have been named as its building contractors.

The images show mock ups of how a visitor centre, salmon viewing pond, fish processing building and water treatment plant, will look.

Nordic Aquafarms Commercial Director Marianne Naess told SalmonBusiness in an email: “We have submitted all permit applications and the local, state and federal agencies have started processing the applications. They have also ruled that we have sufficient TRI to the intertidal zone to process the permit applications.”

“We have broad support from politicians in Maine, the business community and the population in general. In Belfast, the majority of the residents support the project. Over the last few months a support group called “The Fish Are Okay” has formed to ensure that independent facts and science regarding land-based aquaculture reach the public. They have a facebook page that has grown rapidly over the last weeks and media is starting to pay attention to the group,” she added.