Salmon land-farm planned to be built by Whole Oceans in Bucksport. (Image: Whole Oceans Vimeo) A Portland-based company, Maine, is planning to build a USD 75 million land-based aquafarm to raise Atlantic salmon indoor in Bucksport — Maine’s second such facility, at the former Verso paper mill site. The company Whole Oceans has filed nine permit applications with local, state and federal regulators to build its plant and according to a spokesperson for the firm, the process is going well, Bangor Daily News reported. The company originally hoped to begin site work preparation as early as two months ago, with construction to follow, but the permitting process is not finished. Whole Oceans expects to create hundreds of direct jobs and hopes to expand its initial investment to more than USD 250 million in Bucksport in a phased, multi-year plan. Its goal is to produce 5,000 metric tons of Atlantic salmon per year. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) spokesperson David Madore said Whole Oceans has filed a waste discharge permit. The DEP also will review site development and general site construction permit proposals. Other applications for permits are pending or will be filed with the Maine Department of […]

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