Maine’s second indoor salmon mega farm gains traction

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Whole Oceans is close to getting Maine Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit.

Whole Oceans is closer to landing its proposed $250 million land-based salmon farm RAS salmon farm, and its new CEO is hopeful that permits and processs will be a done deal by the end of the year according to comments made in the ellsworthamerican.

Whole Oceans founder, Rob Piasio, stepped down from his role as CEO a week ago but will continue to serve on the company’s board of managers.

New CEO Jason Mitchell announced on Tuesday that the company was close to obtaining a Maine Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit for an indoor salmon farm at the former former Verso mill site in Bucksport.

“That’s a big milestone for us,” Mitchell said at Bucksport’s Economic Development Committee meeting Tuesday.

Whole Oceans Chief Production Officer Joe McElwee and Eric Jacobsson, the company’s chief financial officer, also attended.

Mitchell offered a time frame, stating that the discharge permit, once finalised, would lead to Whole Oceans closing on the purchase of the parcel from AIM Development Corp. “It’s my personal goal to close by the end of the year,” Mitchell said. Whole Oceans hopes to start construction in the spring to be “fish ready” in two years.

According to the publication, residants are warming to the project. Whereas just uner 20 miles away in the same state, in Belfast, Nordic Aquafarms is facing some pushback on their own planned USD 400 million project.

“I’d love to move some earth this year,” Mitchell said, “if permitting allows. You may still see some progress there by the end of the year.”