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Nordic Aquafarms project scores latest win in California

April 27, 2021  By  Nestor Arellano

The site of Nordic Aquafarms' planned RAS facility in Samoa Peninsula

Nordic Aquafarms has received another dispatch of good news for its planned land-based salmon facility in the Samoa Peninsula at Humboldt Bay, California. The lead agency investigating the project’s environmental impact recently rendered a favourable finding on the company’s proposed recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility.

In its Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND), the County of Humboldt said it found “no significant adverse environmental effect” in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines for Nordic Aquafarms’ development permit and special permit application.

An MND is a document that describes a proposed project and presents findings related to environmental conditions. The document is prepared when there is no substantial evidence that the project could have significant adverse environmental impacts. The MND is posted publicly for a certain period of time for the public to review and comment on before it is adopted.


The MND for the project looked into the project’s impact on factors such as water quality, air quality, agriculture and forest resources, greenhouse gas emissions, tribal cultural resources, and wildlife.

The permitting process for Nordic Aquafarm’s Humboldt project has so far been progressing well.

Nordic Aquafarms’ proposed project includes building a $400million land-based aquaculture farm at the site of the decommissioned Samoa Pulp Mill facility. The project will also create 80 jobs for residents of Humboldt County.

The Humboldt County Planning and Building Department will receive public comments on the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration from April 23, 2021 to May 24, 2021.

Interested parties should contact Alyssa Suárez, planner I, by email at asuarez@co.humboldt.ca.us or by phone at 707-268-3703.

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