February 14, 2018
Nordic Aquafarms to build one of world's largest land-based salmon farms
Nordic Aquafarms (NAF) plans to develop one of the world's largest land-based salmon farms in Maine, USA.
The Norway-based company has signed agreements to acquire 40 acres of land in the outskirts of the town of Belfast, a Maine coastal town with around 7,000 residents. The area has abundant access to sea- and freshwater resources that provide a good match with land-based aquaculture requirements.
"Finding an ideal site in Maine has been a six-month project", said Nordic Aquafarms CEO Erik Heim.
He said Maine had been chosen for its pristine location, cold-water conditions, its seafood profile and its proximity to major consumer markets in northeastern USA. Nordic Aquafarms will be developing production with a low-impact discharge of water free of chemicals and medications, renewable energy solutions and recycling of all waste resources. "We look forward to becoming a responsible and contributing member of the Maine seafood industry", said Heim.
Nordic Aquafarms intends to build a land-based salmon farm with 33,000-tonne (66-million-pound) annual production capacity, which is equivalent to about 8% of US consumption of salmon. The US$450-500-million facility will be an end-to-end operation, including hatcheries and fish processing.
It will house the largest aquaculture tanks in the world and new disruptive solutions, currently being designed by an experienced team in Norway. Construction is slated to start in 2019.
Lars-Henrik Røren, chairman of Nordic Aquafarms, said that Nordic Aquafarms "will do its outmost to complete a final investment decision to bring more than 30,000 tonnes per year fresh, locally farmed Atlantic salmon to the US consumers".