Nordic Aquafarms is pleased to share the news of the California Coastal Commission’s “Notice
of Intent to Issue” of the final major permit for its innovative land-based finfish farm in
California, in a unanimous vote of 12-0. The outfall CDP, or Coastal Development Permit will
contain further special conditions, but this landmark achievement marks a significant milestone
in the company’s journey to establish the first-of-its-kind aquaculture facility in the region.
The project is strategically located on the site of a former abandoned pulp mill which has been
meticulously re-envisioned by the landowner, the Harbor District, as an Aquaculture Innovation
Center. This transformative initiative not only advances sustainable aquaculture practices but
also contributes to the environmental restoration of an underutilized industrial site.
Nordic Aquafarms acknowledges and appreciates the support and collaboration from various
stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local and state governments,
and the dedicated members of the community. The project’s success is a testament to the power
of effective engagement and cooperation among diverse groups with a shared commitment to
environmental sustainability and responsible development.
The Harbor District, as the landowner, has played a pivotal role in facilitating the project’s
progression and will continue its permitting activities for the intake side of the initiative. This
next phase is anticipated to be completed by 2024, further solidifying the commitment to
responsible and transparent development practices.
“We are extremely proud of the engagement and collaboration with NGOs, local and state
governments, and our many steadfast community members. Together we simply made this a
better project all around,” stated Brenda Chandler, US CEO at Nordic Aquafarms.
Nordic Aquafarms remains dedicated to implementing cutting-edge technology and sustainable
practices in aquaculture, contributing to the growth of a resilient and responsible industry. The
company looks forward to the continued support of its partners and the community as it moves
forward with this ground-breaking project.