No. All processes take place indoors. Fish tanks are clean and emit no odors. Co-products are stored indoors in sealed containers to prevent odors and frequently removed from the facility.
Nordic operations will require less than 15 truck trips per day, which is less than 5% percent of current traffic and is not anticipated to impact Belfast or Northport’s residents or recreational visitors.
Everything from eggs produced by our own brood stock to harvest happens indoors in a closed life cycle- importing eggs will be unnecessary. The priority is to maintain excellent fish health and welfare, good nutrition, and good water quality. Their quality of life is important, and part of every decision made on the farm.
No. Nordic engaged renowned Tsunami expert Dr. Gary Chock to assess the site and make recommendations on how to build a safe, structurally sound and escape proof facility. Study results confirm that a 2,500 year tsunami event will not overtop or breach our fish tanks or result in the escape of any fish from the facility.
Nordic will be raising all fish inside buildings in closed tanks on land. Nordic uses recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) that treats water from the fish tanks so it can be reused within the tank. Nordic raises the fish in sea water in its grow-out tanks. This dramatically reduces the amount of freshwater required to produce salmon at the facility.
- All production takes place indoors.
- Water is recirculated and continuously treated to maintain good water quality for the fish.
- Water exchange is maintained through intake and discharge of moderate volumes of water per pound of fish.
- Feeding, light, water quality, and temperature are constantly monitored and optimized.
- Production staff have close contact with fish to monitor health and welfare.
- Back-up systems ensure reliable operations.