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US city reviews proposal of Norwegian aqua farm company


September 11, 2019
By Nestor Arellano


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Nordic Aquafarms' land-based operations in Norway is the first of its kind in the country. (Photo: Nordic Aquafarms)

The planning board of Belfast, Maine has so far held 17 meetings concerning the plans of Nordic Aquafarms to build a land-based salmon farm in their city.

The Belfast Planning Board began its review of the Norwegian aquaculture firm back in August. The latest meeting, which tackled the company’s stormwater management and soil erosion and sedimentation strategies took place on Sept. 4.

“We’re attempting to look methodically through the application,” Wayne Marshall, city director of code and planning, was quoted as saying in a report by the Mainbiz. 

Marshall said that there will be several more meetings to be held in the near future before the board can make a final decision on whether to approve the proposal.

The company’s plans to construct a salmon farm on a 56-acre site near the lower reservoir of Little River over the next five years.

When fully developed, the land-based fish farm will have the capacity to produce 33,000 metric tons of salmon annually.

The first phase of the plan involves building a 38,503 square meter facility for rearing salmon. After that, the company will construct a similar facility that will be 36,492 square meters.

Both facilities will have a recirculating aquaculture system processing water.


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