Nova Scotia PM speaks out against Cooke fish farm plan

Nova Scotia Prime Minister Tim Houston (pictured) has come out firmly against Cooke Seafoods’ plan to expand its Liverpool Bay salmon facility. In February he had already expressed his reservations about the project. Houston has now come off the fence, to say he will directly oppose it because it would mean a large increase in…

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Labour election hopeful impressed during visit to Cooke Aquaculture

Cooke Scotland managing director Colin Blair, left, and North Lanarkshire councillor and Coatbridge and Bellshill Labour Party prospective parliamentary candidate Frank McNally at Cooke's Bellshill head office.

Frank McNally, a leading Scottish Labour politician and general election hopeful, has met with Cooke Aquaculture Scotland to hear about the positive and social impact the company, and aquaculture in general, is having on the region. (Pictured) Cooke Scotland managing director Colin Blair, left, and North Lanarkshire councillor and Coatbridge and Bellshill Labour Party prospective…

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Cooke Aquaculture included on ‘Top Employers’ list

Cooke Aquaculture has been named as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers for 2024. The company, which also has a large salmon farming business in Scotland, has won plaudits for the way its treats staff and builds strong communities. Kristina Leung, managing editor at Mediacorp, organisers of the annual Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition, said:…

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Cooke gives up legal fight over trout farm closures

Cooke Seafood has abandoned plans to win back leases at its two Washington state steelhead trout farms in the US, blaming delays by the state’s administration which it says make the case futile. The group’s subsidiary, Aquaculture Pacific, has filed a motion with the Superior Court of the State of Washington to dismiss its appeal…

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Aquaculture trainees are ALBAS winners

Trainees from Scottish Sea Farms and Cooke Aquaculture were among the winners at the ALBAS (Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills) on Thursday night. Craig Grounds (pictured above, with Jill Couto-Phoenix), from Oban in Argyll and Bute, won Aquaculture Learner of the Year. He completed his Modern Apprenticeship in Aquaculture at UHI Shetland while working…

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Nova Scotia premier opposes Cooke expansion plan

A potential dispute is looming between the aquaculture giant Cooke Seafood and the leader of the Nova Scotia regional government in Canada. Nova Scotia prime minister Tim Houston has come out against Cooke’s proposal to expand its salmon farm in Liverpool Bay through its Canadian aquaculture operation, trading as Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. There has…

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Fish farm trainees shortlisted for Lantra awards

Trainees from three aquaculture companies have been short-listed for Lantra Scotland’s Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills, known as the ALBAS. Scottish Sea Farms, Cooke Aquaculture and Bakkafrost will all be represented at the awards event, which will take place at the Crieff Hydro on Thursday 7 March 2024. Hamish MacLean (pictured, above) from Tobermory…

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Cooke consults on Orkney farms expansion

Salmon producer Cooke Aquaculture is consulting with the local community on plans to relocate and expand its farms at three sites in Orkney, in the north of Scotland. As part of the consultation Cooke will be holding public meetings on 28 and 29 November in Westray and Papa Westray, respectively, to spell out the plans…

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Cooke Aquaculture consults on Shetland plan

Fish farmer Cooke Aquaculture has been consulting on plans for a new salmon farm near Vementry on Shetland. The proposed farm at Swarbricks Minn, between Vementry and Muckle Roe, would consist of 12 x 120 m circumference salmon pens arranged in a group of 2 x 6 pens. There will also be a feed barge…

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