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Mainstream Canada First two-star BAP Certified Salmon Farm in BC

11 December 2012

CANADA - Mainstream Canada is the the first salmon farming company in BC to achieve two-star Best Aquaculture Practices certification this week, after its Tofino processing plant was certified.

Mainstream Canada has already achieved Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification from the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) for several farm sites. In 2011, Mainstream's Brent Island farm was the first salmon farm in the world to achieve BAP certification.

Achieving BAP certification for Mainstream's Pacific National Processing plant in Tofino means another first for Mainstream - with farm sites and now a processing plant certified, Mainstream is the first salmon farming company in BC to achieve two-star certification from GAA for farming and processing.

"We are very proud of this achievement. It shows our commitment to leading the way in sustainable aquaculture practices on our farms and in our processing facilities," said Fernando Villarroel, Mainstream Canada's managing director. "This new processing plant certification shows we are committed to the highest standards in producing salmon for our customers that is fresh, food safe and nutritious."

The Global Aquaculture Alliance's Best Aquaculture Practices standards are dedicated to advancing environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture. They are made to continuously improve over time and they are the result of an international science-based certification program. For more information on BAP, visit

Mainstream Canada is one of the largest salmon farming companies in British Columbia, Canada. The company currently operates three farms near Campbell River, eight farms near Port McNeill and 14 farms near Tofino in Ahousaht First Nation territory under a comprehensive protocol agreement. The company produces approximately 25,000 tonnes per year (live weight) of fresh, farmed Atlantic salmon.

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