Computer-generated photo illustration showing how Nordic Aquafarms’ proposed recirculating aquaculture system facility would look on the Samoa Peninsula. | Image via County of Humboldt.



It has been nearly seven months since Nordic Aquafarms announced that the company would acquiesce to public demand by completing a full environmental impact report (EIR) for its planned land-based recirculating aquaculture facility on the Samoa Peninsula, and on Monday morning the county published its draft EIR for public review.

Government agencies, environmental groups and the public now have 60 days to pore over the lengthy document and submit feedback to the county. There’s a link to the full DEIR at the bottom of this post.

Here’s the county’s press release:

The County of Humboldt has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Nordic Aquafarms California, LLC – Coastal Development Permit and Special Permit application (Case Number PLN-2020-16698). The land-based aquaculture facility is located in the Samoa area, east of Vance Avenue, approximately 2,000 feet north from the intersection of Vance Avenue and Bay Street, on the property known as 364 Vance Avenue (Assessor Parcel Number 401-112-021). Water intakes are located approximately one-half mile apart along the Samoa Channel in Humboldt Bay at the Redwood Marine Terminal II (RMT II) Dock and Red Tank Dock (Assessor Parcel Number 401-112-014 and 401-031-040).

The Humboldt County Planning and Building Department will receive public comments on the DEIR from Dec. 20, 2021, to Feb. 18, 2022. Comments may be submitted to the Humboldt County Planning and Building Department, at 3015 H Street, Eureka, CA 95501, or by email at by Feb. 18, 2022. The DEIR is available for public review at the Planning and Building Department as well as online via the department’s website.

For more information, please contact Cade McNamara, Planner II, by email at or by phone at (707) 268-3777.

Nordic Aquafarms Project [link to DEIR]