Kingfish Maine, a subsidiary of The Kingfish Company, intends to build an 8,500-tonne-capacity farm in Maine. Illustration: Kingfish Maine.

Kingfish Co wins key permit for expansion to US

Dutch yellowtail kingfish farmer The Kingfish Company has received the federal permit required for its planned 8,500-capacity on-land fish farm in Jonesport, Maine, in the United States, it said in a market announcement today.

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The permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers follows the approval of key permits from the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) and critical water-side permits in 2021.

Kingfish Maine is in the last phases of design, and contractor bidding selection is under way, the company said.

Upon completion, the Jonesport facility will serve as Kingfish’s first production facility in the US as the company looks to replicate its successful operation in Zeeland, The Netherlands.

Last month, 2,000 fingerlings were transported from The Netherlands to Kingfish Maine’s new hatchery facility site in Franklin, Maine.