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Public Information Meetings:

Video of Fourth Public Information Meeting (2018.11.28 Belfast Community Media)

Video of Third Public Informational Meeting (2018.06.12 Belfast Community Media)

Video of Second Public Informational Meeting (2018.05.09 Belfast Community Media)

Video of First Public Informational Meeting (2018.02.21 Belfast Community Media)


Nordic Aquafarms Information Resources:

Animation of Nordic Aquafarms' Concept for Proposed Facility in Belfast (2018.06.25 Nordic Aquafarms)

Animation of Nordic Aquafarms' Proposed Facility in Belfast (2018.06.12 Nordic Aquafarms)

Column by Lawrence Reichard ("Two Hours with Bent Urup;" 2018.10.26 Republican Journal) and Response to Article by Nordic Aquafarms

E-mail Correspondence with Further Questions and Answers (2018.02.06-2018.02.07)

Nordic Aquafarms Company Website (US news section)

Nordic Aquafarms Newsletter (2018.11)

Nordic Aquafarms Newsletter (2018.10)

Nordic Aquafarms Newsletter (2018.09)

Nordic Aquafarms Newsletter (2018.08)

Nordic Aquafarms Newsletter (2018.06)

Nordic Aquafarms Newsletter (2018.05)

Nordic Aquafarms Newsletter (2018.04)

Nordic Aquafarms Newsletter (2018.03)

Nordic Aquafarms Presentation (2018.05.09)

Nordic Aquafarms Presentation (2018.02.21)

Nordic Aquafarms Questions and Answers (current/updated)

Nordic Aquafarms Questions and Answers (2018.01.30 version)

Summary of Hydrogeological Field Investigation and Numerical Groundwater Model (2018.05.09)


Belfast Water District Information Resources:

Evaluation Agreement (between the Belfast Water District, the City of Belfast, and Nordic Aquafarms)

Maine Public Utilities Commission Order Regarding the Belfast Water District

Options and Purchase Agreement (between the Belfast Water District, the City of Belfast, and Nordic Aquafarms)

Public Statement Regarding Sale of Land and Water to Nordic Aquafarms (2018.10.26)

Water Capacity Evaluation for the Belfast Water District

Water Supply and Purchase Agreement (between the Belfast Water District and Nordic Aquafarms)


Other Information Resources:


"Comments on Nordic Aquafarms planned land-based facility for salmon in City of Belfast, ME" (2018.06.29 Deloitte)

Letter from Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Property Ownership Map (line and crosshatch version)

Property Ownership Map (satellite and crosshatch version)

Property Ownership Map (satellite and line version)

"Reasons for Land-based Closed-containment" (Atlantic Salmon Federation)

"Rethinking aquaculture to boost resource and production efficiency" (2014 Rethink Water)

Veterinary Evaluation of Maximus (facility in Denmark owned and operated by Nordic Aqaufarms) (2018.10.18)

Video of a tour of the University of Maine's Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (2018.05.11 Belfast Community Media)


Whole Oceans (Bucksport) Information Resources:

Maine Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit and Maine Waste Discharge License - Proposed Draft Permit


Maine Department of Environmental Protection Waste Discharge License/Maine Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Process:

Atlantic Salmon Federation Letter in Support of Permit Application (2018.11.13)

Conservation Law Foundation Letter in Support of Permit Application (2018.11.15)

News Release Regarding December 17th, 2018 Voluntary Supplemental Public Information Meeting

Nordic Aquafarms Permit Application (2018.10.19)

Nordic Aquafarms Slide Presentation for October 4, 2018 Public Information Meeting

Nordic Aquafarms Permit Application Background and Key Facts (corrected 2018.10.09)

Notice of Intent to File Permit Application (2018.09.21)

Notice of December 17th, 2018 Voluntary Supplemental Public Informational Meeting

Video of October 4, 2018 Public Information Meeting (2018.10.05 Belfast Community Media)


Maine Department of Agricultural, Conservation, and Forestry Submerged Lands Permit Process:

Nordic Aquafarms Permit Application Notice (corrected) (2018.10.22)

Nordic Aquafarms Permit Application Notice (2018.10.09)

Nordic Aquafarms Submerged Land Lease Permit Process 


City of Belfast Zoning Process and Information:

Introduction of Ordinance Amendments (2018.03.06)

Overview of City of Belfast Rezoning Process for Nordic Aquafarms (2018.03.01)


October 16, 2018 Council Action: 

City Council Action - Second Reading of Proposed Amendments to City Code of Ordinances - Route One South Business Park Zoning District

City Council Adopted Motions - Route One South Business Park District Amendments - Consistency with Comprehensive Plan


October 9, 2018 Public Hearing: 






October 9, 2018 - Public Hearing - List and copies of written comment


September 25, 2018 and October 9, 2018 Public Hearings:


Notice of Public Hearing and Letter to Property Owners

City Council Hearing - First Reading - 9-25-18 - Zoning and Planning Board Option B

City Council Hearing - First Reading - 9-25-18 Zoning Maps

City Council Hearings - 9-25-18 and 10-9-18 - Chapter 82, Shoreland Amendments

City Council Hearings - 9-25-18 and 10-9-18 - Shoreland Map Amendments

City Council Hearings - 9-25-18 and 10-9-18 - Chapter 66, General Provisions

City Council Hearings - 9-25-18 - Marshall Power Point


August 15, 2018 Public Hearing: 


Notice of August 15, 2018 Public Hearing

Notice to Property Owners of August 15, 2018 Public Hearing

Proposed Amendments to City Code of Ordinances - Chapter 102 (Zoning), Article IV (Description of Districts), Article V (District Regulations), and Article IX (Performance Standards)

Proposed Amendments to City Code of Ordinances - Chapter 82 (Shoreland Zoning)

Proposed Amendments to City Code of Ordinances - Chapter 66 (General Provisions)

Proposed Amendments to City Code of Ordinances - Chapter 102 (Zoning), Article II (Administration)

PowerPoint Presentation


June 5, 2018 Public Hearing:

Proposed Amendments to City Code of Ordinances - Height Limit and Height Definition


April 17, 2018 Public Hearing:

Notice of Public Hearing

Notice to Property Owners

Proposed Amendments to City Code of Ordinances - Chapter 102, Zoning

Proposed Amendments to City Code of Ordinances - Chapter 82, Shoreland

Proposed Amendments to City Code of Ordinances - Chapter 66, Definitions

Proposed Amendments to Future Land Use Plan

Public Comment Received - March 21, 2018 through April 9, 2018

Public Comment Received - April 10, 2018 through April 13, 2018

Public Comment Received, April 13, 2018 through April 17, 2018


March 20, 2018 Public Hearing:

Notice of March 20, 2018 Public Hearing
Memorandum Regarding Agenda Topics 10.A, 10.B, and 10.C at March 20, 2018 Belfast City Council Meeting

March 12, 2018 Notice to Property Owners Regarding Public Hearing on March 20, 2018

Proposed Amendments to City Code of Ordinances - Chapter 66, General Provisions (Definitions)

Proposed Amendments to City Code of Ordinances - Chapter 82, Shoreland Zoning

Proposed Amendments to City Code of Ordinances - Chapter 102, Zoning

Proposed Amendments to Future Land Use Plan


News Coverage:

"RAS pioneer Urup didn't intend to provoke fight with Nordic Aquafarms" (2018.11.06 Undercurrent News)

"Nordic Aquafarms $150M project faces key test in Belfast's Tuesday elections" (2018.11.01 Mainebiz)

"Indoor Salmon Farm's Future Hinges On Whether Supporters Retain Control Of Council In Election (2018.10.31 Maine Public)

"Opinion piece stokes fight between Nordic Aquafarms, RAS architect" (2018.10.29 Undercurrent News)

"Fish food study floated by salmon farm foes challenged as 'bad science'" (2018.10.24 Bangor Daily News)

"City Council to take final look at controversial salmon farm district" (2018.10.16 The Republican Journal)

"Midcoast Maine emerges as hub for launching land-based salmon-farm sector" (2018.10.15 Mainebiz)

Nordic Aquafarms water discharge plan could set bar for salmon RAS farms" (2018.10.12 Undercurrent News)

"Nordic Aquafarms Releases Discharge Data for Proposed Salmon Farm in Belfast" (2018.10.11 The Free Press)

"Nordic Aquafarms issues notice of intent to file discharge application" (2018.09.23 The Republican Journal)

"The Future of Fish Farming May Be Indoors" (2018.09.17 Scientific American)

"Nordic Aquafarms heads to DEP with discharge application" (2018.09.10 Mainebiz)

"Belfast salmon farm to submit first DEP application in ‘next month or so’" (2018.09.07 Penobscot Bay Pilot)

"Planning Board asks for more oversight in new Nordic Aquafarms zone" (2018.09.06 The Republican Journal)

"Proposed salmon farm acquires additional land in Belfast" (2018.08.29 Portland Press Herald)

"Nordic to expand Belfast salmon farm property" (2018.08.28 Bangor Daily News)

"Nordic Aquafarms buys more Belfast land for its land-based salmon farm" (2018.08.28 Penobscot Bay Pilot)

"Nordic Aquafarms acquires additional land" (2018.08.28 The Republican Journal)

"Belfast salmon farm can complement Maine's seafood industry" (2018.08.27 Bangor Daily News)

"City of Belfast, Water District, Nordic Aquafarms Inc. respond to lawsuit against them" (2018.08.27 Penobscot Bay Pilot)

"OPINION: Here's how we came to hire Deloitte" (2018.08.26 The Republican Journal)

"CEO of Nordic Aquafarms outlines vision for Maine 'Little River' salmon" (2018.08.20 SalmonBusiness)

"Heim describes plan for Belfast salmon farm" (2018.08.17 VillageSoup (Knox County))

"Belfast residents file suit against city over salmon farm zoning process" (2018.08.13 Penobscot Bay Pilot)

"Belfast residents challenge city zoning changes that enabled Nordic Aquafarms" (2018.08.08 SalmonBusiness)

"Neighbors sue city to restart process with salmon farm" (2018.08.07 The Republican Journal)

"US city’s report on coming RAS salmon farm: Challenges but Nordic up to task" (2018.08.03 Undercurrent News)

"Maine has an opportunity to be a global player in aquaculture" (2018.08.01 Bangor Daily News)

"Salmon Farm Report" (2018.07.31 Somewhere in Waldo County)

"City-commissioned report gives thumbs up Nordic Aquafarms proposal" (2018.07.30 The Republican Journal)

"Deloitte issues 'due diligence' report on Nordic Aquafarms' $150M project in Belfast" (2018.07.26 Mainebiz)

"City of Belfast, Maine releases positive report on inland Nordic Aquafarm" (2018.07.25 SalmonBusiness)

"New Industry Promises to Bring 'Made in America' Label to Fish" (2018.07.18 Route Fifty)

"Norwegian salmon farm ready to begin Maine permit process" (2018.07.12 News Center Maine)

"Maine salmon farms can be models of sustainable aquaculture" (2018.07.11 Bangor Daily News)

"Nordic Aquafarms unveils preliminary RAS facility design, hires three US employees" (2018.07.03 SeafoodSource)

"Planned Salmon Farm Spurs Concerns in Belfast" (2018.07 Fishermen's Voice)

"Aquaculture Club" (2018.07 Portland Monthly)

"Nordic Aquafarms says RAS offers a cheaper way to add salmon farming capacity" (2018.06.28 Undercurrent News)

"Norwegian company behind Belfast salmon farm hires first two Mainers" (2018.06.25 Bangor Daily News)

"Many Questions Still Unanswered About Belfast Salmon Farm Proposal (2018.06.21 The Free Press)

"Public discussion, debate, about salmon farm continues" (2018.06.20 The Republican Journal)

"Nordic Aquafarms announces new director of operations of land-based salmon farm in Belfast" (2018.06.05 SalmonBusiness)

"Belfast salmon farm moves forward" (2018.06.04 The Ellsworth American)

"Nordic Aquafarms begins staffing up for US salmon farm" (2018.06.01 Undercurrent News)

"The Big Weird World of Salmon Aquafood" (2018.05.17 The Free Press)

"Atlantic Sapphire surges on OTC days before stock moves to Oslo" (2018.05.14 Undercurrent News)

"How the world's second largest indoor salmon farm could take shape in Maine" (2018.05.10 Bangor Daily News)

"Nordic Aquafarms on track to start construction of land-based salmon farm in Belfast next year" (2018.05.10 Mainebiz)

"New Nordic Aquafarms Inc. takes shape in Maine" (2018.05.10 SalmonBusiness)

"Nordic Aquafarms' Maine RAS project almost has complete due diligence" (2018.05.10 Undercurrent News)

"Nordic Aquafarms Says Due Diligence Nearly complete on Belfast Site" (2018.05.09 Nordic Aquafarms news release)

"Nordic Aquafarms to pursue state, local approval for 40-acre salmon farm" (2018.05.09 Penobscot Bay Pilot)

"Supporters and protesters come to public meeting for Belfast salmon farm" (2018.05.09 WABI CBS 5)

"Norwegian company moving forward with salmon farm in Belfast" (2018.05.09 WVFX Fox 22 and WVII ABC 7)

"Here’s an early look at what a giant Belfast salmon farm could look like" (2018.05.07 Bangor Daily News)

"With Erik Heim - The Man Behind Belfast's Really Big Fish Farm" (2018.05.03 The Free Press)

"Nordic Aquafarms gives peek at proposed salmon farm" (2018.04.30 The Republican Journal)

"Zoning change advances Nordic Aquafarms' $150M project in Belfast" (2018.04.19 Mainebiz)

"Belfast salmon farm clears first hurdle despite pleas to 'slow down'" (2018.04.18 Bangor Daily News)

"Belfast council approves zoning for salmon farm, overriding calls to wait" (2018.04.18 Portland Press Herald)

"Giant Maine indoor salmon farm approaches first obstacle" (2018.04.14 Bangor Daily News)

"Nordic Aquafarms Update" (2018.04.10 Somewhere in Waldo County)

"Belfast Salmon Farm Starts the Long Journey to Becoming A Real Thing" (2018.03.22 The Free Press)

"Maine town begins zoning process to allow for Nordic Aquafarms’ farm" (2018.03.22 Undercurrent News)

"Land sale for potential $500M salmon farm subject of Belfast meeting" (2018.03.15 WABI CBS 5)

"Fish farm critics speak as city floats zoning changes" (2018.03.13 The Republican Journal)

"Land Based Salmon Plan in Belfast" (2018.03 Fishermen's Voice)

"Plan for giant Maine salmon farm spurs questions about water pollution, fish guts" (2018.02.23 Bangor Daily News)

"Nordic Aquafarms meeting draws large crowd wanting to learn more about salmon farm" (2018.02.23 Penobscot Bay Pilot)

"Belfast salmon farm not a done deal" (2018.02.23 The Republican Journal)

"US aquaculture industry still buzzing about Nordic’s Maine salmon farm" (2018.02.22 Undercurrent News)

"Nordic Aquafarms Holds Informational Session With The City Of Belfast" (2018.02.21 WABI CBS 5)

"Aquaculture project could lift status of US salmon farming" (2018.02.20 New Jersey Herald)

"City of Belfast to hold public informational meeting regarding Nordic Aquafarms Feb. 21" (2018.02.13 Penobscot Bay Pilot)

"Maine’s taxes, townspeople might be attracting RAS" (2018.02.12 SalmonBusiness)

"City, Nordic Aquafarms to hold public Q&A session Feb. 21" (2018.02.09 The Republican Journal)

"Nordic Aquafarm Informational Meeting" (2018.02.08 Somewhere in Waldo County)

"How Belfast sweetened the deal to win a $150 million salmon farm" (2018.02.07 Bangor Daily News)

"More Atlantic salmon coming to Maine, but not from the sea" (2018.02.07 The Ellsworth American)

"Nordic Aquafarms to hold informational meeting Feb. 21 in Belfast" (2018.02.07 Penobscot Bay Pilot)

"Maine town to cover $240,000 of Nordic’s land-based salmon startup costs" (2018.02.07 Undercurrent News)

"Belfast to cover some costs of salmon farm development" (2018.02.02 The Republican Journal)

"Norway firm eyes Maine for major salmon farming operation" (2018.02.01 Chicago Tribune)

"World’s Second Largest Salmon Farm Planned for Belfast" (2018.02.01 The Free Press)

"Tanks a million: Maine strikes a deal for an onshore salmon farm" (2018.02.01 National Fisherman)

"One of the world’s largest land-based salmon farms to be built in Maine" (2018.01.31 SeafoodSource)

"Future US home of Nordic’s land-based salmon farm is city that refused to die" (2018.01.31 Undercurrent News)

"European company plans $150M salmon farm in Maine" (2018.01.30 Bangor Daily News)

"Norwegian aquaculture company plans to invest up to $500M in Belfast" (2018.01.30 Mainebiz)

"Norwegian Aquaculture Company to Build One of the World's Largest Land-based Salmon Farms in Belfast" (2018.01.30 Nordic Aquafarms news release)

"Norwegian company to build large, land-based salmon farm in Belfast" (2018.01.30 The Portland Press Herald)

"Norwegian company to build one of world's largest salmon farms in Belfast" (2018.01.30 The Republican Journal)

"Nordic Aquafarms is coming to Belfast" (2018.01.30 Somewhere in Waldo County)

"Nordic Aquafarms plans 33,000t land-based salmon farm in US" (2018.01.30 Undercurrent News)

"Nordic Aquafarms Facility to Create 60 High Skill Jobs In Belfast" (2018.01.30 WABI CBS 5) 

"Norway firm eyes Maine for major salmon farming operation" (2018.01.30 Washington Post)

"Norway firm plans $400 million land-based salmon farm in Belfast" (2018.01.30 The Working Waterfront)

"New land based salmon farm creates more jobs for Mainers" (2018.01.30 WFVX Fox 22 and WVII ABC 7)