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 …

Liam McArthur MSP Visits Orkney Operations

Liam McArthur MSP, the Liberal Democrat Member of the Scottish Parliament for Orkney, today visited Cooke Aquaculture Scotland’s Orkney operations. The MSP toured our Cava and Fara organic Scottish salmon farms in Scapa Flow and our visited our packing station in Kirkwall, hosted by Orkney Area Manager Robert Peterson and Orkney Packing Station Manager Michael Lewington. Cooke Aquaculture Scotland is …

Local MSP Beatrice Wishart Visits Shetland Operations

Beatrice Wishart MSP, the Liberal Democrat Member of the Scottish Parliament for Shetland, today visited Cooke Aquaculture Scotland’s Shetland operations (Monday 19 July 2021). The MSP toured our Vee Taing seawater site off Uyeasound in Unst and our packing station in Mid Yell, hosted by Shetland Regional Manager David Brown and Yell Packing Station Manager Christine Nicholson. Beatrice Wishart MSP …

David Cashman Appointed Finance Chief

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland has appointed David Cashman as its new finance director. David was previously head of finance at Highland Spring – the UK’s top bottled water producer – where he led the finance function for the £100m turnover business, responsible for all end-to-end activity within the division from transaction services, commercial finance to the year-end audit and preparation and …

Relocation of Chalmers Hope Wins Planning Approval

A proposal to relocate our existing Chalmers Hope seawater site in Scapa Flow has cleared one of the final hurdles after gaining planning consent from Orkney Island Council. The council agreed that moving this site into deeper water with faster flowing currents would be better for fish health and the marine environment in Scapa Flow. The planning consent also enables …

Cooke Strengthens Orkney Seawater Leadership Team

Due to the continued growth of our Orkney operations, we have taken the opportunity to bolster our seawater leadership team in Orkney. From 1 March experienced Orkney Area Manager Robert (Timbo) Peterson will retain overall responsibility for Orkney with specific focus on production sites off the mainland and Hoy, while Stewart Rendall will take on the newly created role of …

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Celebrates UN Women in Science Day

Aquaculture is underpinned by science which enables us to rear Scottish salmon maximising fish health and welfare while protecting and enhancing the marine environment in which they are raised. At Cooke Aquaculture Scotland many of the people applying this science are female. We celebrate the role women play in our company, and share some of their stories on United Nations International …

Two New Workboats for Orkney Organic Sites

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland has taken delivery of two identical workboats – the Naomi D and the Ella May – which have arrived in Orkney and will support the company’s organic seawater sites at Cava in Scapa Flow, and Stronsay. The vessels are identical and were designed and constructed by Nauplius Workboats in Groningen in the Netherlands. Both are equipped with …

Senior Appointment for Northeast Nutrition Scotland

Northeast Nutrition Scotland is pleased to announce that Gavin Ross has been appointed as Plant Manager at Invergordon Feed Mill. “We are delighted to recruit someone of Gavin’s calibre and experience to Northeast Nutrition Scotland” said Chris Bryden, General Manager at Invergordon Feed Mill. “Gavin comes with a strong background in manufacturing operations. His change management and continuous improvement capabilities …

Northeast Nutrition Scotland Restarts Production at Invergordon Feed Mill

Production at a previously closed fish feed mill in Invergordon has restarted. In November 2018 previous owners Skretting announced plans to cease UK manufacturing activities, and closed the Invergordon facility at the end of April 2019. Canadian family-owned company Cooke Inc. acquired the Invergordon site in September 2019 and through its subsidiary Northeast Nutrition Scotland, has worked closely with former …

First Fish for Orkney’s Newest Salmon Farm

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland, one of the largest producers of Scottish salmon and the leading organic salmon company, has successfully transferred the first organic salmon smolts to its new Mill Bay site off the island of Stronsay in Orkney. The salmon will be farmed to RSPCA and Soil Association organic standards. In February the company announced the creation of five permanent, …

Jobs Boost for New Stronsay Organic Salmon Farm

Five full-time, permanent jobs have been created by a new organic Salmon farm, ahead of production starting in the spring. And there are hopes that the number of direct and indirect jobs will increase once a second site opens in 2021. Four residents from Stronsay have been recruited and successfully completed their induction with salmon producer Cooke Aquaculture Scotland at …

MAKING WAVES: Modern Apprentice Finalist in British Education Awards

A modern apprentice with Cooke Aquaculture Scotland has been nominated for a top vocational education award. Cooke employee Emma Rochester combines her time studying at NAFC Marine Centre UHI and working at Cooke Aquaculture Scotland’s Ness of Copister salmon farm site on the southern tip of Yell in Shetland. She has made it to the finals of the British Education …