First US steelhead trout farm BAP certified

Pacific Seafood Group’s steelhead trout farm Pacific Seafood Group’s steelhead trout farm

Pacific Seafood Group’s steelhead trout farm on the Columbia River has become the first US steelhead trout or salmon farm to achieve Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification.

Operated by Pacific Seafood’s Pacific Aquaculture division, the farm is located in Nespelem, Wash., on the Colville Nation, in North-Eastern Washington state. Pacific Seafood purchased the farm in 2008 but partners with the Colville Nation to operate it.

The farm produces more than 8 million pounds (3.63 million kilograms) of steelhead annually and the fish are raised in pens. The fish are marketed throughout North America, mostly fresh, to both retail and foodservice customers.

“Our team is extremely proud to receive BAP certification,” said John Bielka, general manager of Pacific Aquaculture. “It demonstrates that we are living out our company vision of providing the healthiest protein on the planet while promoting sustainable practices.”

Based in Clackamas, Ore., family-owned Pacific Seafood is one of the United States’ largest seafood suppliers and distributors. The company processes seafood from Alaska to Mexico and has facilities in seven US Western states.

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