BELFAST — Following the recent announcement that it plans to build a land-based salmon farm in Belfast, Nordic Aquafarms will join city officials for an information session about the project on Wednesday, February 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Avenue, Belfast.
"We have been very pleased by the warm reception we have received from people in Belfast and around the state," said Nordic Aquafarms CEO Erik Heim, in a news release. "As a company, we believe in being completely open and transparent in everything we do. This meeting will be a great opportunity to provide more information about our plans and to address any questions and concerns that residents have."
A panel consisting of Nordic Aquafarms Chief Executive Officer Erik Heim, Ransom Consulting Senior Project Manager and Senior Geologist Elizabeth Ransom, City of Belfast Economic Development Director Thomas Kittredge, City of Belfast Director of Code and Planning Wayne Marshall, and other representatives from the City of Belfast and the Belfast Water District, will be present and available at this meeting to answer questions from the public.
As this meeting will not be a public hearing, no testimony will be taken and no votes will be cast.Heim will be joined at the informational meeting by Elizabeth Ransom, of Ransom Consulting, Nordic Aquafarms' environmental and engineering consultants, Belfast City Manager Joe Slocum, the city's directors of planning and economic development, members of the city council, representatives of the Belfast Water District and others.
In a posting about the meeting on the City of Belfast website, Slocum said it will be a question and answer session "to provide additional clarity and information to the public."
He stressed that it is not a hearing on any item currently before the planning board or council, so no testimony will be taken and no votes will be cast. The entire meeting will be recorded and distributed on television and online by Bel TV.
Heim said that in addition to addressing questions from the audience, he will provide more information about next steps, including further due diligence at the site, employment plans, what Nordic Aquafarms is constructing and when, and how the company will maintain open communications with the community. He also said that additional meetings are planned as the project moves forward.
Nordic Aquafarms plans to build one of the largest land-based salmon farms in the world on 40 acres on Northport Avenue (Route 1) on the outskirts of Belfast. The company has agreements to purchase 26 acres that currently belong to the Belfast Water District, which will re-locate its office and garages to a new site, and another 14 acres of abutting land from a private landowner.
About Nordic Aquafarms
Nordic Aquafarms is one of the premier investors and developers in land-based aquaculture internationally, with head-quarters in Norway. Nordic Aquafarms is invested into some of the largest land-based seafood production facilities in the world in Norway and Denmark. The company is developing disruptive sustainable fish farming practices for the future to deliver super fresh high-quality seafood to regional markets, with a low environmental impact. The company ́s shareholders include some of the most prominent family offices in the Norwegian shipping industry.
More information is available at nordicaquafarms.com.