Maine plan for second land based farm
A SECOND company has unveiled plans to build a huge indoor land based salmon farm in the US east coast state of Maine.
The company is Whole Oceans, which has signed an agreement to purchase a redundant paper mill site in the coastal community of Bucksport (population 4,924).
Just over a month ago the Norwegian aquaculture company Nordic Aquafarms said it was investing $500 million to build one of the world’s largest land based salmon farms in Belfast, Maine.
Whole Oceans CEO Rob Piasio, who grew up in Maine, has promised that his facility will be a state-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture system.
‘When in full production, Whole Oceans will create hundreds of direct jobs and invest more than $250 million in Bucksport.
‘Over time, Whole Oceans’ mission is to capture 10 per cent of the US Atlantic salmon market using only earth friendly technologies.
‘We will cement Maine’s leadership in the future of land based aquaculture.
‘We have assembled a team of global leaders in land based technology, including Billund Aquaculture based in Denmark and the Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute in West Virginia.
‘The time for RAS has arrived and Whole Oceans will make Bucksport a global leader in sustainable Atlantic salmon production,’ said Piasio.
Above: Land based salmon plan