Although land-based salmon farming is still emerging, its investment costs are not as high as some would think.

Economies of “scale clearly matters,” said Erik Heim, president of land-based salmon producer Nordic Aquafarms, adding that the break-even point for a given project depends on many factors.

Nordic Aquafarms recently received the green light on its investment plans to pursue a land-based recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) farm in Humboldt County, California. This is its second proposed land-based facility in the United States.