Press release from Nordic Aquafarms, Inc.:

Nordic Aquafarms reaches important milestones in California

  • First California-based executive hired
  • Contracts with national and local vendors for permitting and engineering in California signed

After working in partnership with the Humboldt community in 2019, Nordic Aquafarms Inc (NAF) is rapidly increasing investments in permitting, engineering, and commercial efforts for its announced RAS farm, says EVP [executive vice president] Marianne Naess, who is heading up the California effort in Nordic Aquafarms Inc. We have engaged local partners GHD and SHN and will also continue with our national partners SMRT and Gilbane for the California project.  

After due diligence in 2019, reliable access to clean water, solutions for favorable electricity costs, and a constructible site, among other things were confirmed by NAF in Humboldt, California. The chosen NAF site has a range of strengths supporting a competitive RAS facility that will supply the West Coast of the U.S. with fresh seafood in the future.


NAF Inc is also pleased to announce that Shawn A. Harriman has accepted the position as Senior Vice President of Projects in its West Coast subsidiary, Nordic Aquafarms California, LLC. Shawn has a 30-year-long career of heading up large and complex permitting and construction projects across the U.S. and Canada. He has just moved to Eureka from Concord and is starting January 6th. 

“We had many qualified applicants for this position. We are very satisfied that Shawn chose to join our exciting journey in California,” says President Erik Heim. “Shawn will be our first executive on the ground in California and his experience will be crucial for our success there,” Heim says. 

“I am very excited to join the Nordic Aquafarms team and for heading up this new and important project for the area. I am also looking forward to becoming a part of the local community in Humboldt with my wife and son,” says Harriman. 

NAF is also in the process of hiring a second project position in California.

Meanwhile in Maine, Nordic Aquafarms is completing the permit application process with public hearings in January and February. We are looking forward to start construction as soon as all final permits are obtained, says Heim.

About Shawn:

Shawn grew up in Southern Idaho with a family of Swedish carpenters who taught him craftsmanship. He studied construction management at Boise State University. After school, he traveled to California where he was a framing and concrete superintendent for several years before becoming a general superintendent.

He rapidly advanced to Project Manager on several large remote projects in Alaska where he grew into a Vice President position. Ever since, he has worked on large projects with incredible teams all over the Western US and Canada.

When not working, he and his wife enjoy outdoor activities and travel to Africa where they help orphans and elderly.  

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