UK Firm Wants to Launch Another Maine Salmon Farm, this one in Millinocket

Millinocket could be the next place in Maine to spawn an aquafarm as part of a fledgling but potentially lucrative industry of growing Atlantic salmon in land-based fish tanks.

Aquaculture Management & Holding Co. of the United Kingdom announced Tuesday that it is ready to start building a “modern aquaculture plant” in Millinocket after two years of planning and preparations, according to the industry trade publication Undercurrent News. The company, which calls its U.S. subsidiary Aquabanq, said earlier this year it intended to open a land-based salmon farm in the U.S. by 2022.

Steve Sanders, director of mill site redevelopment at Our Katahdin, a volunteer economic development group that owns the site of the former Great Northern Paper Co. mill, said the organization has been in discussions with many companies about launching businesses at the mill site.

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