Humboldt County released the draft environmental impact report (EIR) for Nordic Aquafarms’ proposed onshore fish farm on Samoa Peninsula Monday.
The behemoth report, which is roughly 1,800 pages long, found no areas in which the proposed farm would have a significant impact on the local environment. The minimal impact of some of the farm’s operations will have mitigating strategies in place, according to the document.
The Humboldt County Planning and Building Department released a mitigated negative declaration for the project in April, but after public feedback calling for a deeper, more in-depth report, Nordic Aquafarms initiated an EIR.
Jennifer Kalt, director of Humboldt Baykeeper, a local environmental advocacy group, previously advocated for a full environmental impact report, rather than a mitigated negative declaration. She said she had not finished reading the enormous report when the Times-Standard reached out Monday, but that she was glad it happened.
“It’s great that they did it. It’s hopefully going to be a much more thorough analysis than the initial study and I’m excited to read what changes they’ve made in their analysis because they did a more thorough job,” Kalt said.
The public comment period will end on Feb. 18, 2022. Comments may be submitted to the Humboldt County Planning and Building Department at 3015 H Street in Eureka or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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