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 …

Cooke Aquaculture welcomes Andrew Watson as PR & Communications Manager

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 …

Cooke Acquires Invergordon Fish Feed Mill

Cooke Inc. announced today the establishment of Northeast Nutrition Scotland Limited after the acquisition of the former Skretting fish feed mill in Invergordon. The mill facility is located at Inverbreakie Industrial Estate and had previously produced fish feed for aquaculture companies in Scotland. Northeast Nutrition Scotland Limited will manufacture fish feed for Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Limited, a leading salmon producer …

Stromness Play Park Donation

Stromness/Orkney receives children’s play park donation! Sara Duncan and Robert Peterson (right of photo) from our community donations team met Kris and Ruby from the South End play park project to hand over a donation towards this exciting renovation. The team will be following the ongoing work and look forward to seeing the finished park, which will be enjoyed by …

Donation to Orkney Samaritans

Cooke Aquaculture were pleased to make a donation to the Orkney Samaritans. Pictured left to right are Diane Hay, Krystal Flett, Vicci Laird & Sara Duncan from our Orkney Office, along with Gavin Cullen from the Samaritans organisation. If you’re going through a difficult time and would like to talk to someone, talk to the Samaritans.        

North Isles Netball Team

We’re proud to be able to sponsor the newly formed North Isles Netball team. Players from both Unst and Yell recently combined forces to compete in the Shetland Junior Netball Development League and the donation will enable them to design and purchase their own strip. The team’s coach, Linda Thomson (far left) and our area manager in Shetland, David Brown, …

Stromness Sailing Club Ceilidh

Ceilidh & Supper Stromness Town Hall Saturday 2nd March at 7pm Come sail with us to the sound of, The Pie and Jam Dance Band Doors open at 7 pm (get your raffles!!!) for a 7.30 pm start. The ceilidh will stop at 12 midnight, doors close at 1 am. Tickets are £12.

Cooke Aquaculture Donation to Shetland Youth Clubs

Staff at the 2018 Shetland Xmas party raised the magnificent sum of £2009 for local good causes. That amount was then doubled by Cooke Aquaculture and donated to 4 youth groups at Westside, Yell & Unst. Pictured at the presentation are members from the youth clubs, Dave Bugh our Operations Manager in Shetland, and Michelle Johnson, Technical Manager. A big …

Mid Yell School Winter Clothing Donation

It can get chilly at this time of year, so we were pleased to be able to make a donation to Mid Yell school. The donation covered the cost of clothing for the children to wear when they’re taking part in outdoor activities. Pictured below is our Shetland Area Manager, David Brown & Technical Manager, Michelle Johnson, who went along …

Stirling University Aquaculture Students Visit Furnace Hatchery

Andy Young, Site Manager at Furnace, recently hosted a visit from Msc students studying Aquaculture at Stirling University. The students were given a complete tour of the facility by Andy, which they all found very interesting For those interested, the Aquaculture Students’ Association are holding a careers day at the University of Stirling on 20th May 2019. This offers a …

Santa gets a lift to Uyeasound Xmas Party

It’s that time of year that a certain gentleman is rather busy. Cooke Aquaculture were delighted to be able to help Santa get to the children’s party in Uyeasound, Shetland on board their vessel “Sea Sapphire”.  

Scottish Cabinet Secretary Ewing visits Orkney to see progress of new high-energy Cooke Aquaculture site

(Kirkwall in Orkney): On Thursday, September 27th, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing, visited Cooke Aquaculture’s Orkney headquarters in Kirkwall to hear about progress made at the company’s new high-energy salmon farming site at East Skelwick, North Sound, Westray. The development of high-energy sites forms an important part of sustainably growing the Scottish aquaculture industry, allowing …

National First for John

John McCulloch from Unst has become the first person in Britain to complete a ground-breaking professional development programme in Aquaculture Management developed by the NAFC Marine Centre UHI.   John has completed the Technical Apprenticeship in Aquaculture Management just over 18 months after it was launched, whilst working as assistant site manager at Cooke Aquaculture Shetland’s Quoys salmon hatchery in …