The fish processing building will be placed in the middle of the campus and will have “salmon colour” cladding. Image: Nordic Aquafarms.

Nordic reveals new look for Maine salmon farm

Nordic Aquafarms has released new images of how the campus of its on-land salmon farm in Belfast, Maine will look, assuming it wins permission to build and operate the recirculating aquaculture system facility.

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Plans include a visitor centre housed in an existing water district building, and a salmon viewing pond for visitors.

The fish processing building will have salmon pink cladding, and the water treatment plant will have a grass roof.

Nordic’s farm will be built in two phases, with the first phase expected to be operational in 2021. It is located on a 54-acre site.

The plant will have an eventual capacity of 33,000 tonnes of Atlantic salmon per year.

Nordic’s plans have been opposed by a group called Local Citizens for Smart Growth, but the company has now received support from another group, The Fish Are Okay, backing the scheme.

Nordic has an on-land salmon production plant in eastern Norway (Fredrikstad Seafood) which took delivery of its first smolts in May, and grows yellowtail kingfish at two sites in Denmark (Sashimi Royal and Maximus).

As well as its US east coast project, it is planning an on-land farm near Eureka, California.