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


During the Humboldt County Planning Commission’s meeting this evening the public will have an opportunity to weigh in on the onshore fish farm that Nordic Aquafarms plans to build on the Samoa Peninsula. 

The Norway-based seafood company is requesting a coastal development permit and a special permit for demolition and remediation of the defunct Samoa pulp mill facility to construct the world’s largest land-based recirculating aquaculture system, a 17.6-acre, state-of-the-art facility that would produce up to 27,000 metric tons of Atlantic salmon annually. The fish will be raised from eggs to the juvenile stage in a hatchery at the center of the five-building facility, then transferred via underground pipes to two massive grow-out modules where the fish will grow to market size.

(A more detailed description of the project can be found in the Executive Summary.)

The item will be presented as an informational workshop to formally introduce the project and the associated environmental impact report (EIR) to the commission and the public, but it will not be voted on just yet.

The Humboldt County Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. tonight in the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors chambers – 825 Fifth Street in Eureka. The meeting will also be live-streamed here.