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ME - Major land-based aquaculture projects near beginning of construction in Maine

Three major land-based aquaculture projects – Atlantic salmon farms planned by Nordic Aquafarms and Whole Oceans, and The Kingfish Company’s yellowtail farm – are all set to initiate construction in coming months in the U.S. state of Maine.

Fredrikstad, Norway-based Nordic Aquafarms won a key legal victory in November 2021 and, in August 2021, it obtained the last permit it needed to begin construction on its land-based salmon farm in Belfast, Maine, U.S.A., where it hopes to grow up to 33,000 metric tons (MT) of salmon annually.

In Jonesport, Maine, The Kingfish Company’s plan to build a land-based farm to produce up to 8,500 MT of yellowtail per year advanced with the November approval of two final permits by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. On Monday, 29 November, it announced it has concluded the purchase of land, enabling the “to advance to pre-construction design and engineering on schedule.”

"These announcements represent a major milestone in The Kingfish Company's execution of its expansion strategy, and its focus on technology driven local production of high-value import dependent seafood in the E.U. and the U.S.,” Kingfish Company Founder and CEO Ohad Maiman said in a press release. "Today, Kingfish Maine is one step closer to achieving fully operational status, and we are ready to build on our proven blueprint, and scale our technology locally to service our network of distributors nationwide."

Kingfish Maine is a subsidiary of The Kingfish Company, which is based in Kats, The Netherlands, where it also operates a land-based yellowtail farm. The company said it will “deploy the same advanced technology and operational excellence proven in the Netherlands to become the largest producer of yellowtail kingfish in the U.S. once the Jonesport facility is operational.”

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