DOWNEAST — American Aquafarms is planning on applying to the Maine Department of Marine Resources for the go-ahead to build a salmon farm in parts of Frenchman Bay.
American Aquafarms Vice President Eirik Jors said the farm will benefit communities around the bay by creating jobs and increasing seafood production.
He added globally the farm’s creation will result in less pollution since it will mean fewer long-haul shipments of fish from out of the country.
Overall, he argued the increasing demand for global food production requires a farm like this.
“It has been estimated by the U.N, counting from 2010 to 2050, the world needs to double its food production in order to meet its required demand,” said Jors.
Many local fishermen are against this, proven when dozens of lobstermen signed a lobster petition oppose leasing 120 acres of Frenchman Bay to American Aquafarms.
“We are very much against it as our many other groups in the area. It’s just a bad proposal in the wrong place using the wrong technology,” said Ted O’Meara, Save the Bay organization member.
He added billions of gallons of wastewater would pollute the bay having a devastating impact on the tourism and hospitality businesses that are important to the local communities.
“That’s a key group that’s going to be impacted by this project and their rights and their voices deserved to be heard,” O’Meara said.