Nordic Aquafarms

Voters in Belfast on Tuesday turned away three city council hopefuls who all opposed a proposed high-tech onshore salmon farm on the city's shores - instead choosing three who favored the project.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Next week’s election could spell the fate of a high-tech, indoor salmon-growing operation proposed for midcoast Belfast, a development proposal that has torn a rift in the tight-knit community. The city council has been a strong backer of Nordic Aquafarms’ proposal, over repeated objections from opponents who are vocal — and organized.

BELFAST, Maine - City officials and the people who want to bring one of the largest inland salmon farming operations in the world to Maine are meeting with local residents to talk about the project.
Nordic Aquafarms, of Fredrikstad, Norway, wants to build a 40-acre salmon farm in Belfast capable of producing more than 60 million pounds of fish per year. The company will join city officials for a public information session on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast.