Salmon farm planned for Maine Fair Trade Lobster site in Gouldsboro

An aquaculture startup backed by a Norwegian investor is buying a Gouldsboro lobster processing facility and hopes to develop a salmon-farming operation there.

The 100,000-square-foot Maine Fair Trade Lobster facility is under contract for purchase by American Aquafarms, launched in Portland last year by Mikael Rones, CEO of Global AS, based in Trondheim, Norway. A news release announcing the deal did not disclose terms.

The facility, formerly the site of Live Lobster Co., was auctioned in 2012 for $900,000 to a venture that included distributor East Coast Seafood Group, of New Bedford, Mass. At one time, Maine Fair Trade Lobster employed 150 employees.

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