A Norwegian-backed closed-containment salmon farming project in Maine known as American Aquafarms has hired Teodor Strand-Johansen as its marketing director and partner.

Strand-Johansen took on the role in January, according to his LinkedIn profile. He previously served as the vice president of North American Marketing for Norwegian biotechnology firm Hofseth BioCare (HBC).

American Aquafarms was founded by Mikael Rones. The CEO told IntraFish last December the project is not seeing any slowdowns so far from the pandemic, despite some local opposition.

Rones was one of the founders of cod farming operation Norcod, which began harvesting fish in December. He is no longer involved in that project, however.

Last October, American Aquafarms entered into an agreement to purchase a lobster facility in Gouldsboro, Maine, where it plans to develop its hatchery and processing facilities.

American Aquafarms plans to produce 30,000 metric tons metric tons of salmon by 2024.