Westray Heritage Centre, in the centre of Pierowall, attracts around 3,000 visitors a year. It’s run by a small charity, the Westray Heritage Trust. Over the past few years, Cooke has covered the cost of printing the Trust’s magazine and assisted in providing information and photographs for displays. Trustee Alasdair McVicar is upbeat about Cooke and aquaculture’s contribution to Westray.
“I’m very positive about fish farming. When I was head of Scotland’s Fish Disease Inspectorate in the Marine Lab in Aberdeen, we identified Westray as one of the best sites for sustainable fish farming because of the characteristics of local tidal flow and the close proximity of sites to open ocean.
“By making sustainable use of these natural resources, we can help to keep young people in the community.”