In September 2000, the Cermaq Group purchased Pacific National Aquaculture (PNA) fish farming operations, and Pacific National Processing, the processing plant in Tofino. PNA consisted of a three-company merger: Pacific National Group Ltd. (PNG), Pacific Aqua Salmon Farmers Ltd., and Blue Tornado Enterprises.
In 2002, a historic protocol agreement was signed between PNA and the Ahousaht First Nation in Clayoquot Sound. This agreement is based on sound environmental stewardship and ensures that both parties benefit from salmon farm operations in Ahousaht traditional territory.
Cermaq continued to operate under the PNA name until May of 2003 when the Cermaq Group amalgamated its international farming industry under one common name: Mainstream. As a result, PNA in Canada and the farming division of Aquascot Group in Scotland changed their names to Mainstream Canada and Mainstream Scotland respectively.
In July 2005, Mainstream Canada purchased the assets of Heritage Salmon Ltd, which enabled Mainstream to expand fish farming operations to both the East and West coasts of Vancouver Island, and to increase production in British Columbia to over 25,000 tonnes annually. Farm Sites
In 2008, Mainstream Canada achieved ISO 14001:2004 EMS certification for all salmon farming operations. This was followed with ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems and OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Assessment (OHSA) certification across all operations in 2009. In 2011 Mainstream Canada’s Food Safety Management System was certified to the ISO 22000:2005 standard.
In 2011, Mainstream Canada also achieved certification under the Aboriginal Principles for Sustainable Aquaculture (APSA) standard, the first company to do so.
Again in 2011, Mainstream Canada was awarded the Certificate of Recognition (COR) from the Food and Manufacturing Industry Occupational Safety Alliance for its exceptional attention to worker safety.
At the end of 2011, Mainstream Canada was the first salmon farming company in the world to achieve the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standard. Mainstream Canada was certified for its Brent Island farm site. The standard, developed by an international committee based on sound science, addresses environmental and social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety and traceability in aquaculture facilities.
Today, with offices based in Campbell River and Tofino, B.C., Mainstream Canada continues production on both the East and West coasts of Vancouver Island. By continued investment in growth, new technologies and sustainable aquaculture practices, Mainstream Canada strives to be a leader in the production of high quality farmed salmon.