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 Aquaculture Scotland. This annual event is an opportunity to recognise the critical role women and girls play in science and …

Cooke Seawater Assistant Nominated for ALBAS Award

A Cooke Aquaculture 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 …

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

LERWICK, SHETLAND, SCOTLAND – Cooke Aquaculture 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, …

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Deploys First Shetland Hybrid Feed Barge

YELL, SHETLAND, SCOTLAND – Cooke Aquaculture Scotland, the largest producer of organic Scottish salmon, has deployed its first hybrid feed barge in Shetland to further reduce its carbon footprint. The new hybrid system, built by Fjord Maritime UK, for the Copister salmon farm site in Yell, Shetland, is the third to be implemented by Cooke Scotland in its commitment to …

Cooke Supports Shetland Basketball Dream

A community in the West of Shetland has thanked Cooke Aquaculture 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 …

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Sponsors Netball Orkney

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland has pledged its support to Netball Orkney ahead of the first ever Island Invitational Netball Games 2023. The squad of 15 and their coaches travel to the Isle of Man to play in what will be the largest and most challenging event the sporting organisation has participated in to date. Support via the Cooke Community Benefit Fund …

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Sponsors Taste of Shetland Festival

Cooke Aquaculture 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 …

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Funds Historic Shetland Slipway Re-build

Cooke Aquaculture 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 …

Cooke Reduces Carbon Footprint with Second Orkney Hybrid Barge Installation

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland has deployed a second hybrid feed barge which will reduce carbon emissions and sound at its Vestness site in Westray, Orkney. Following successful results from installing its first hybrid system at its Mill Bay site in Stronsay, Orkney in 2022, Cooke Scotland has continued to make great strides in its commitment to sustainability with the installation of …

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Funds Solar Panel Project at Shetland Outpost

Cooke Aquaculture 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 …

Cooke Scotland Supports Dogs Against Drugs

Cooke Aquaculture 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 …

Cooke Scotland Staff Inspire Young People at Careers Event

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland (CAS) 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 …

Cooke Scotland Laptop Donation Enhances School Pupils’ Learning

An Orkney island school has thanked Cooke Aquaculture 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 …

Cooke Scotland Supports Shetland Tall Ships 2023 Event

Cooke Aquaculture 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 …

Cooke Scotland Sponsors Island Games Athletes

Cooke Aquaculture 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 …

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Cooke Scotland Welcomes New Communications Manager

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Murray Spooner as Communications Manager. Mr. Spooner is an experienced communications specialist and joins family-owned Cooke from his most recent role at Rangers Football Club as its charity foundation’s Digital Content Executive. Mr. Spooner brings a strong knowledge of the media landscape as a former multimedia journalist, with several …

New Orkney salmon farm approval confirms aquaculture is planned sustainably

  Kirkwall, Scotland, UK – September 8, 2022 – Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Ltd. welcomes the Orkney Islands Council Planning Committee’s decision today approving the creation of a six cage salmon farming site located offshore of East Moclett, Papa Westray, in the North Sound. “We appreciate that the Planning Committee was guided by and accepted the thorough technical and scientific reviews …

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Report shows Cooke salmon farming supports island life in Orkney and Northern Isles

Kirkwall, Scotland, UK – August 17, 2022 – As one of the largest employers in Orkney and Northern Isles, Cooke Aquaculture Scotland has released an economic impact report showing that the company’s salmon farming operations are having a significant positive social impact on their employees and community viability of the remote islands. The report is titled Cooke Aquaculture Scotland and …