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AquaCon’s Maryland RAS project hits snag


November 16, 2020
By Nestor Arellano


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A digital rendering of AquaCon's planned RAS facilities in Maryland. (Photo: AquaCon)

AquaCon has failed to gain local board approval to a critical zoning change it was seeking for the company’s plans to build a land-based salmon farm on a former golf course in Maryland, U.S.A.

The Dorchester County Board of Appeals has turned down AquaCon’s application for  a special zoning exception on the parcel of land west of Cambridge, which the aquaculture company has been eyeing for an indoor hatchery and fish grow-out facility, according to report from the Bay Journal.

The site is one of the four locations AquaCon has chosen for planned RAS facilities in Maryland.

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The newspaper said the decision was made following concerns raised by residents who felt a large-scale aquaculture operation was not suitable for a rural area. There were also concerns that wastewater from the planned recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility could negatively impact water quality in the adjacent Choptank River.

AquaCon is among the many aquaculture companies with either planned or ongoing RAS projects in the U.S.

AquaCon recently signed a five-year deal with aquaculture genetics supplier Benchmark Genetics to supply almost 40 million ova to the land-based salmon farm that AquaCon AS is planning to build in Maryland.