From Pulp Mill to Salmon Farm? Examining Nordic AquaFarms’ Proposed Fish Factory

Is a massive land-based fish factory the best next chapter for a former pulp mill nestled between Humboldt Bay and the Pacific Ocean? Tune in to hear local environmental leaders discuss Humboldt County’s assessment of the impacts Nordic AquaFarms proposed fish factory might have on the bay, ocean, wildlife and climate – and ways to avoid or mitigate them. Surfrider Foundation’s California Policy Manager Jennifer Savage and Colin Fiske of Coalition for Transportation Priorities join co-hosts Tom Wheeler of EPIC, Larry Glass of NEC, and Jen Kalt of Humboldt Baykeeper for a discussion of what is proposed and top issues of concern as we gear up to submit comments on May 24.

Required Reading:
  • https://ceqanet.opr.ca.gov/2021040532
  • Nordic Aquafarms Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration: As Lead Agency, Humboldt County released this environmental review document for public review and comment. Comments are due May 24, and a public hearing is on the County Planning Commission agenda for Thursday, June 3 at 6pm.
  • For background studies and reports that were used in the environmental review, visit Humboldt County’s Major Projects webpage.
  • The Regional Water Board released its draft ocean discharge permit for the project. Comments are due June 4.
  • The California Coastal Commission will also have a role in permitting the ocean discharge and the bay intake in the near future.

Thanks to Lost Coast Communications & Humboldt Distillery for making this show possible!