Maine land-based salmon farmer changes CEO

The boss of Whole Oceans’ parent company Emergent Holdings Jacob Bartlett is taking over.

In a press release, the land-based salmon farm salmon farmer planning a 50,000 tonne-year RAS facility on the site of the former Verso Paper mill in Bucksport, Maine, USA, has a new leader.

Whole Oceans announced Emergent Holdings CEO Jacob Bartlett is taking a key leadership role as the company moves to a new phase of the project.

It’s the third CEO the company has had since 2018. Last October, Whole Oceans founder Rob Piasio stepped down from the role to be replaced by company COO and shipbuilding veteran Jason Mitchell.

Mitchell is stepping back from his role as Whole Oceans’ leader in Bucksport but will retain the title of President.

Emergent Holdings, a private investment partnership formed exclusively to invest in aquaculture and agricultural markets in North America expressed an interest in purchasing Kuterra – a land-based salmon farm located in the North Island, Canada earlier this year. However, the sale was voted down by the Namgis First Nation who own it.

Bartlett also did business development and sales for aquaculture constructers Pranger Enterprises.

Mitchell led Whole Oceans through its pre-construction phase and up through acquiring several key permits but is now “stepping back from a leadership role in the project”.  The company prepares to secure final permits and begin construction, and eventual production of salmon.


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