Cooke Funding Enables Shetland Public Toilets to Re-open

Cooke Scotland has donated funds to enable the refurbishment and re-opening of the Aith public toilets in Shetland. The facility, located next to the marina, is run by Aith Community Association SCIO and has been closed since August 2022 due to a lack of funding. However, support of £3,000 via the Cooke Community Benefit Fund has allowed the community group …

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

To mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February, we are shining a spotlight on some of our dedicated female employees who use science in their day-to-day activities and have thrived in their roles at Cooke Scotland. This annual event is an opportunity to recognise the critical role women and girls play in science and technology …

Cooke Seawater Assistant Nominated for ALBAS Award

A Cooke Scotland seawater assistant has been shortlisted as a finalist in Lantra Scotland’s annual Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills (ALBAS). Stuart Lavendar has been nominated for the Learner of the Year category after an encouraging start to his Cooke career which saw him complete his Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) Level 2 in Aquaculture at UHI Shetland (University of …

Cooke Donates Toys to NHS Shetland Children’s Ward at Christmas

Cooke Scotland was delighted to support NHS Shetland by donating toys for children in hospital this Christmas.   For the second year in a row, Cooke staff joined NHS team members at Harry’s Toy Shop in Lerwick to pick out a selection of toys, colouring books, games, story books and more. Jan Howard, Hospital Children’s Nurse, accompanied Cooke employees, Emma Coote, …

Cooke Supports Shetland Basketball Dream

A community in the West of Shetland has thanked Cooke Scotland for its support of £3,000 to improve its sports facilities. The Cooke Community Benefit Fund paid for the purchase and installation of a full-size all-weather outdoor basketball stand at Sandness Primary School. As the nearest large sports facility to Sandness is a 20-minute drive away in Aith, the school …

Cooke Scotland Sponsors Taste of Shetland Festival

Cooke Scotland has proudly co-sponsored the Taste of Shetland Food and Drink Festival 2023. This two-day festival, the pinnacle of Shetland’s culinary calendar, brings together live entertainment, culinary inspiration, and some of the finest food and beverages the island has to offer. Visitors and locals are invited to attend the event on the 28 and 29 October 2023 at the …

Cooke Scotland Funds Historic Shetland Slipway Re-build

Cooke Scotland has co-funded a project to re-build a replica of the significant wartime Prince Olav slipway in Scalloway, Shetland. The original ships cradle, which is used to hold a boat upright on dry land to allow the vessel to be repaired, was built in 1942 and was used for the fishing boats which were part of the covert operation …

Cooke Scotland Funds Solar Panel Project at Shetland Outpost

Cooke Scotland has proudly supported the installation of solar panels at a Shetland facility which caters for people with additional support needs. The green energy project at The Outpost on the East Isle of Burra has received £5,000 from the Cooke Community Benefit Fund. Installation of the solar panels will result in the Australian-themed outpost becoming more energy efficient and …

Cooke Scotland Supports Dogs Against Drugs

Cooke Scotland has pledged its support to a Shetland charity committed to safeguarding island communities from illegal drugs. Dogs Against Drugs Shetland, a community-led project first started in 2002, has received £1,000 from the Cooke Community Benefit Fund to continue delivering drug education throughout all schools in Shetland. Michael Coutts, Project Manager and Drug Dog Instructor at Dogs Against Drugs said: …

Cooke Scotland Staff Inspire Young People at Careers Event

Cooke Scotland has inspired young adults by helping them understand and develop the skills required for a career in Aquaculture and the world of work. As part of their tour of employers based in Shetland with Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), pupils from Anderson High School visited Cooke’s Sella Ness office to find out about the variety of different career …

Cooke Scotland Laptop Donation Enhances School Pupils’ Learning

An Orkney island school has thanked Cooke Scotland for its continued support and the donation of laptops to enhance pupils’ learning and digital skills. Cooke Scotland purchased additional devices for Stronsay Junior High School after supporting the school to roll out its first set of laptops in 2021. The support through the Cooke Community Benefit Fund ensured every secondary school …

Cooke Scotland Supports Shetland Tall Ships 2023 Event

Cooke Scotland is delighted to sponsor the Tall Ships 2023 event in Shetland. As host port supporters, alongside Scottish Sea Farms and sector trade body Salmon Scotland, we look forward to welcoming the crews to Lerwick from 26-29 July. The four-day Tall Ships event offers a welcome street parade, food stalls, live music and lots more, bringing the community together …

Cooke Scotland Sponsors Island Games Athletes

Cooke Scotland proudly sponsored the Orkney and Shetland teams at the 2023 Island Games in Guernsey. The two teams were among 24 different isles from around the world to compete in a variety of sports, while further creating friendships and memories, and strengthening our island connections. Athletes were supported through the Cooke Community Benefit Fund. As an intrinsic element of …

Trio of firsts as Cooke deploys new hybrid feed barge

A hybrid feed barge which slashes carbon emissions has been deployed on one of Scotland’s newest organic salmon farms. The hybrid barge has been deployed at Cooke Aquaculture Scotland’s Mill Bay organic site in Stronsay, Orkney by Inverness-based aquaculture supply company Gael Force Group, working in partnership with Norwegian sustainability leaders Fjord Maritime, who developed the hybrid technology. Under the …

Plans for Second Offshore Organic Salmon Farm for Orkney

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland has applied for planning permission for its second fully offshore salmon farm following the success of constructing and managing Scotland’s first “high energy” offshore site at East Skelwick. The new farm, would be located approximately 3km east of the southern tip of Papa Westray, and more than 4km from the closest landfall on Westray. Known as East …

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Migrates to New Corporate Office

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland has opened a new corporate office, as the country continues to emerge from the covid-19 pandemic. Our new corporate office is now located in Avondale House in Strathclyde Business Park in Bellshill, close to the main motorway serving Glasgow and Edinburgh – Scotland’s two largest cities. The main-door, ground floor office is in a prime location within …

Central Scotland MSP Visits Cooke Aquaculture Scotland

Central Scotland Member of the Scottish Parliament, Graham Simpson MSP, met with Cooke Aquaculture Scotland today to hear about the importance of the Scottish aquaculture sector, and find out more about Cooke, a leading provider of premium Scottish salmon. Mr Simpson was one of the first people to visit our new Corporate Office in Bellshill. The MSP heard about our …

Cooke Funds Kit for Kids at Growing Highlands Sailing Club

Loch Shin Sailing Club in the Scottish Highlands has secured more than £7,000 from Cooke Aquaculture Scotland to purchase two Bahia sail boats and three stand-up paddleboards. The funding from Cooke’s community benefit fund also enabled the purchase of crucial safety equipment including life jackets, wet suits and first aid kits. Cooke also provided funding for subsidised hoodies for members, …

Cooke Marks Start of “Organic September” with New Orkney Organic Certification

As Organic September gets underway Cooke Aquaculture Scotland has confirmed that its newest seawater site – Bay of Holland in Stronsay – has become the latest to achieve Soil Association organic certification. The 12 100m pen site was constructed in early 2021 and stocked with Soil Association organic-certified smolts that currently average 550g. A new, purpose-built 200 tonne feed barge …