Environmental organizations speak out against AquaCon’s proposed salmon farm

FEDERALSBURG, Md. – A 25-acre salmon farm could be coming to Delmarva.

However local environmental organizations are speaking out to put a stop to this change.

47 ABC spoke with ShoreRivers to learn more about concerns with this big change being proposed ahead of Wednesday’s hearing. AquaCon a Norweigan start-up is proposing an indoor salmon farm to come to Federalsburg. Opponents at ShoreRiver say this would negatively impact the water quality and nearby habitats. Now they are providing an alternative to the farm, so it is not permitted on Delmarva.

“What we can do instead of this salmon factory is invest in our local fisheries and support our local economies in growing nato fish and helping bring back the oysters and the rockfish and crabs. That’s where we need to be putting our money, this is a big distraction toward those efforts,” says Matt Pluta, the Director of Riverkeeper Programs for ShoreRivers.

Now ShoreRivers and other local environmental organizations are asking that the public come out and make their voices heard. An in-person public hearing will take place this Wednesday at the Federalsburg Town Hall. 47 ABC did reach out to AquaCon who declined to comment pending the outcome of this week’s hearing.

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