Nordic Aquafarms, which is moving forward with plans to build a land-based salmon farm in Belfast, on Sept. 21 issued a formal notice that it intends to file a wastewater discharge permit application with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection on or about Oct. 19.

In advance of the filing and pursuant to DEP rules, Nordic Aquafarms will hold a public informational meeting Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Troy A. Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast.

The notice, which is being sent to project abutters by mail, states that the purpose of the meeting is for Nordic Aquafarms to “inform the public of the project and its anticipated environmental impacts, along with information about opportunities for public comments on the project.”

CEO Erik Heim said the company is setting a new standard in discharge treatment and looks forward to presenting information that will be included in the company’s application. Questions and answers from the public informational meeting will become part of the formal permit application submitted in October.

The discharge application is the first in a series of permit applications that Nordic Aquafarms will be submitting to local, state and federal authorities in the coming months.

About Nordic Aquafarms and land-based production

Nordic Aquafarms ( bills the company as one of the premier investors and developers in land-based aquaculture internationally, with production facilities in Norway and Denmark. The company is developing sustainable fish farming practices for the future to deliver fresh, high-quality seafood to regional markets, with a low environmental impact.

In January, Nordic Aquafarms announced plans for a land-based salmon farm in Belfast, to be built in two phases. Phase 1, with a capacity of some 13,000 tons, is currently being designed in Norway. Construction is expected to start in 2019, with operations commencing in 2020.

Land-based production is a rapidly emerging method for sustainable production of salmon. It is based on indoor production in large tanks and water treatment systems. Its benefits include the ability to recycle and treat water onsite to reduce overall water consumption, recycling of waste resources, prevention of sea lice and parasites, elimination of fish escape into the sea and co-mingling with wild species, application of renewable energy concepts, and a shorter distance to market for a high-quality, fresh product, reducing the carbon footprint of air and land transport.

The Nordic Aquafarms project represents a significant source of new investment, jobs and tax dollars for Maine’s Midcoast and, the company says, will help establish Maine as an innovator and environmental leader in commercial fish production.