Kingfish in a tank at The Kingfish Company, Zeeland.

One step closer for Kingfish Maine

Kingfish Maine received support for its land-based aquaculture facility in Jonesport, after city residents voted down a proposed moratorium on aquaculture facilities Wednesday.

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The final vote was 91 for and 201 against the proposal, the company said in an update Thursday.

- We are grateful for the overwhelming local support at the town vote, said Ohad Maiman, CEO, The Kingfish Company.

- When we chose the Jonesport site, we spent significant time getting to know the community and making certain we were welcome. This vote confirms that that we have made the right choice, he continues.

Accepted building application

Megan Sorby, Kingfish Maine Operations Manager says that the defeat of the moratorium demonstrates that town residents have confidence in Jonesport's Planning Board and the existing town ordinances.

- We have said from the beginning we want to be in a town that will welcome us as a collaborating business partner, one that will provide jobs and economic benefits to the community. We are thrilled to see the confidence of this town in their own town government and in the potential of this project in Jonesport, she said.

Also this week, the Jonesport Planning Board accepted Kingfish Maine’s building application and continues its review of the application. Another Planning Board review meeting is set for August 2nd. 

The Planning Board application is the last of the critical approvals needed for the Jonesport project. Kingfish Maine has received all Maine Department of Environmental Protection (Maine DEP) and US Army Corp of Engineers permits for its proposed recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility projected to produce 6,000 - 8,000 metric tons of yellowtail annually upon completion.

- We are grateful for the continued support we receive from the town of Jonesport and look forward to working with the Planning Board as we proceed through the municipal process, said Sorby. 

Read more about The Kingfish Company plans to produce 8,500 tonnes of seriola annually at a RAS facility in Maine.