Group appealing permit decision in attempt to stop construction of The Kingfish Company’s Maine land-based fish farm
Intrafish published an update this week on Protect Downeast’s plan to appeal the Jonesport, Maine, planning board approving a building permit application for land-based yellowtail farmer The Kingfish Company.
The group Protect Downeast said its appeal is based on “numerous reasons,” including what it claims is Kingfish’s failure to meet several of the land use standards that are there to protect Chandler Bay and surrounding waters.”
In addition, Protect Downeast says it confirmed with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection that as of Dec. 12, Kingfish has not yet filed proof that it has the financial resources to build this project.
Elizabeth Boepple, who represents the group Protect Downeast, was quoted:
“We have no idea why Kingfish hasn’t lined up the financial resources it needs to break ground,” the group’s attorney, Attorney Elizabeth Boepple, said in a press statement.
She said until all appeals are resolved, the local permits are not final, and no construction can begin. The group has until Dec. 29 to file its appeal.
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There is also a recent Bangor Daily News article on the topic.