Nordic Aquafarms' massive land-based salmon project in Maine has cleared several legal challenges over the past few years, but the company is still not yet ready to begin construction.

"Nordic is still doing final engineering and pre-construction planning," Marianne Naess, executive vice president of Nordic Aquafarms, told IntraFish. "This is a 8-9 month process and we don't anticipate to break ground before that work is completed."

A Maine Superior Court in October ruled opponents to Nordic Aquafarms' land-based salmon project in the state possess no land ownership rights impacting Nordic’s project, and that their alleged conservation easement does not exist over the Norway-based company's project area.