Cooke Aquaculture says it will reopen closed fish feed plant in Scotland

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Cooke Aquaculture has announced its plans to re-open the former Skretting fish feed plant in Scotland.

Canadian fish farming giant Cooke Aquaculture announced that the mill, located in Invergordon, Easter Ross, will supply its Scottish business, named locally as Cooke Aquaculture Scotland, when it reopens.

But it won’t be the one to operate it as that has been given to a separate company called Northeast Nutrition Scotland Limited.

In 2018, it was announced that the mill would close with 100 jobs being lost. Skretting blamed the market for its decision. But Cooke Aquaculture has now bought it and can therefore reopen the plant.

Chris Bryden, the mill manager, said: “We are thrilled to be in a position to offer new opportunities to those employees and have an engaged and experienced team in place from day one.

“As a rural coastal community, Invergordon has a population of approximately 4,000 residents.

“Joining the Cooke family of companies provides us with the opportunity to keep Scottish jobs and be an important part of a globally respected growing seafood leader.”

Glenn Cooke, the chief executive of Cooke Aquaculture, added: “We are excited to include domestic feed manufacturing in Scotland, adding to the vertical integration of our operations and further enhancing the full traceability of our fish.”