BELFAST — A Maine judge has ruled that Belfast did not break the law when it changed a land use plan to allow the development of a salmon farm to move forward.

Nordic Aquafarms plans to build the salmon farm. The firm says it would be capable of producing tens of millions of pounds of the fish at the site per year.

The Bangor Daily News reported that the July 12th decision by a Superior Court judge could spell the end of a lawsuit filed against the city by people whose property abuts the land where the salmon farm would go.

Belfast City Manager Joe Slocum says the approvals process for the salmon farm has been “fair and thorough.”

Nordic calls the ruling an “important milestone.”

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