Maine plan for sec­ond land based farm

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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

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