Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Limited, a leading salmon producer with facilities in the Shetland and Orkney Islands, as well as the United Kingdom’s mainland, is pleased to announce that Andrew Watson has been appointed as Public Relations & Communications Manager.
“We are excited to welcome Andrew to the Cooke Aquaculture Scotland team,” said Colin Blair, Managing Director, Cooke Aquaculture Scotland. “He brings an impressive and diverse set of skills, and a strong ability to build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders that will be beneficial to our family owned company and the Scottish salmon farming industry.”
Mr. Watson is an accomplished PR practitioner with experience in the private sector, government, military, and educational institutions. He most recently served as the Head of Communications for Lowland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, an agency of the Ministry of Defence.
He is an alumnus of the University of Edinburgh and member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. He is also competitive sailor and holds a commercial skipper’s qualification. He enjoys being on the water and had dedicated his personal time to volunteering with World Sailing, Ocean Youth Trust, and the Royal Yachting Association Scotland.
“I’m thrilled to join Cooke during a time of such growth for the industry,” said Mr. Watson. “I look forward to bringing my past experience and education to the table to help further strengthen engagement and communications for such a reputable, family owned company.”
Cooke Aquaculture Scotland employs 350 people. In addition to the company’s freshwater, sea farming and processing operations, Watson will manage communications for Northeast Nutrition Scotland Limited after the recent acquisition by Cooke of the former Skretting fish feed mill in Invergordon.
Staying true to Cooke’s vertical integration strategy, Northeast Nutrition Scotland is aiming to restart the mill in 2020 to manufacture fish feed for Cooke Aquaculture Scotland.
Cooke Aquaculture Scotland and Cooke’s feed division and feed suppliers employ teams of professionals in fish nutrition, feed manufacture, fish feeding behavior, fish health management, farm management and information technology that oversee every aspect of feed supply and delivery.
Cooke’s commitment to sustainably sourced feed ingredients, ongoing improvements to feed formulations and innovations in feed delivery allow the company to produce healthy fish for its customers.
The company’s Scottish salmon products and facilities include such certifications as RSPCA Assured, Global G.A.P., Code of Good Practice, ISO 14001, BRC, Label Rouge, and Soil Association Organic.