BELFAST — Nordic Aquafarms founder and President Erik Heim and spokesperson Marianne Naess are no longer with the company, Ed Cotter, senior vice president of engineering, confirmed to The Republican Journal by email Sunday, July 3.

Few details were immediately available about the husband and wife’s departure, but Cotter expected the company to release more information after the holiday weekend.

Friends of Harriet L. Hartley Conservation Area, a group opposing the proposed Belfast fish farm, issued a press release July 3 with a statement from group President Sid Block stating that he is not reassured by the departures and he will only be reassured when the company ends its activities in Maine.

Cotter said Nordic’s U.S. team remains committed to a bicoastal presence in the country’s seafood market. “As far as Belfast, the team remains the same, as does our work with local city leaders and community organizations,” he said.

Friends of Harriet L. Hartley Conservation Area ended its press release by acknowledging Nordic’s stated commitment to opening its proposed Belfast facility and stating, “And so we remain committed to stopping it. Stay tuned.”

Naess did not immediately respond to requests for comment.