Clear Springs Foods’ trout farms earn BAP certification
U.S. farmed rainbow trout producer Clear Springs Foods has earned Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the first trout farms in the world to do so.
The Buhl, Idaho, company is the world’s largest freshwater rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) producer that uses raceways. Founded in 1966, the vertically integrated company became employee-owned in 2000.
“The BAP certification is validation of Clear Springs Foods’ long-term commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility,” said president and CEO Larry Cope.
The company’s farms draw their water from the Snake River Plain Aquifer, an underground reservoir sustained through recharge from snow melt. After filtering through lava rock, clean oxygenated water from the Snake River canyon is a constant temperature of 58 degrees.
Clear Springs’ variety of fresh and frozen rainbow trout products includes its Clear•Cut Natural and Butterfly boneless fillets, all marketed and sold to a variety of customers in the retail, foodservice and club store channels throughout North America.