Cooke buys Thomson Bros.

CANADIAN salmon producer Cooke Aquaculture has acquired one of Shetland’s last remaining independent salmon farming businesses.

The sale of Yell based Thompson Bros. Salmon Ltd adds two farming sites to Cooke Aquaculture’s operation and means the company now owns all the salmon sites in the Yell/Unst management area.

Shetland’s last remaining independent salmon farm, Balta Island Seafayre at Baltasound in Unst, is not part of this management area.

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland managing director Colin Blair described the area as “a very attractive area to operate, with good staff and optimal fish health”.

Chief executive Glenn Cooke added: “That will allow us to coordinate management for the entire area and enhance our ability to meet a growing demand for our products.

We expect the combined business will improve our performance going forward, bringing our total harvest for Cooke Aquaculture Scotland to approximately 22,500 tonnes in 2016.”