When passion meets tradition, good things happen.

Fishing and farming isn’t just what we do. It’s who we are. What started as an undying family passion for the sea, passed down from one generation to the next, has been transformed into a global company. Today, Cooke produces some of the very best seafood in the world.

Our secret to producing the best farm-raised salmon, wild-caught salmon, scallops, crab, oysters, shrimp, and other value-added products is simple. We work closely with local communities to harvest and raise the very best seafood for our customers.

We operate in pristine marine environments, rely on science and experts to ensure sustainability, use feed from sustainable resources, and constantly search for ways to reduce our carbon footprint. We’re proud of the fact that we don’t take shortcuts. And we’re confident our customers can taste the difference.

Our Mission

Our mission is to be a global seafood leader driven by an innovative team that delivers superior products, service, and value to our customers in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner.

Our Corporate Values

  • Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • Community and Family
  • Health and Safety
  • Respect
  • Accountability
  • Quality
  • Continuous Improvement and Growth
  • Environmental Sustainability

The Cooke Story: From Small Family Company to Global Seafood Leader

The Cooke family’s group of companies began with Cooke Aquaculture, which was established in 1985 as Kelly Cove Salmon by Gifford, Michael and Glenn Cooke. The company’s origins were humble, beginning with a single marine cage site containing 5,000 salmon. Four years later, the family decided it needed a consistent and independent supply of eggs and smolt so it purchased Oak Bay Hatchery.

Recognizing that integration is essential to competing worldwide and controlling their own destiny, the Cooke family embarked on an aggressive plan for growth, with acquisitions and a strategic search for development opportunities that continue to this day.

Over the years, the company expanded its facilities, product lines, and distribution networks to become fully-integrated within its aquaculture operations. With acquisitions, Cooke has further expanded its seafood assets into the wild fishery. Today, the company is a leader in the global seafood industry.

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Corporate Timeline & Key Achievements

The Cooke family’s entrepreneurial spirit has taken the company upstream over the past 30 years – through the industry’s early development to today’s modern, sophisticated food production industry.

 

1985

Glenn, Michael and Gifford Cooke establish first farm at Kelly Cove, New Brunswick.

1989

Purchase of first hatchery at Oak Bay, New Brunswick.

1993

logo-cookeaquaIncorporated Cooke Aquaculture Inc.

1994

Cooke establishes True North Salmon, begins processing, marketing and distributing salmon under True North Salmon brand in Canada and US.

Establishes GMG Fish Services Ltd.

1997

Acquires Atlantic Fish Specialties Ltd. in Prince Edward Island, expands value added.

1998

Acquires Grand Isle Fish Farms Ltd. in New Brunswick.

1999

Acquires Saddle Island site in Nova Scotia.

2000

Acquires Di-Anna Aqua Inc., Double O Fish Ltd. and Rattling Beach Farm Ltd. in Nova Scotia.

2002

Establishes Shoreland Transport.

2003

Acquires Fundy Salmon Ltd., L&J Salmon Ltd., Silver Hatchery.

Acquires Jail Island Aquaculture in New Brunswick.

2004

Purchases Charlotte Feeds.

Purchases Atlantic Salmon of Maine.

2005

Acquires East Coast operations of Heritage Salmon.

Acquires East Coast operations of Marine Harvest (formerly Stolt Sea Farm).

2006

Receives Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies designation.

2007

Begins expansion of Newfoundland and Labrador operations.

Acquires former Shur-Gain Aquaculture feed plant in Truro NS to establish Northeast Nutrition Inc.

2008

Achieves Seafood Trust eco-label certification.

Acquires AC Covert Distributors.

cupquelan-logoAcquires Salmones Cupquelan S.A., in Chile.

2010

Acquires Ocean to Ocean, an importer, frozen seafood distribution and marketing company.

2011

grupoculmarex-logoAcquires Culmarex S.A., the largest sea bass and sea bream farming operation in Spain.

2012

True North Salmon processing facilities certified to British Retail Consortium (BRC) Standard for Food Quality and Safety.

Salmones Cupquelan, earns Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification in Chile.

Cooke achieves Canada’s Best Managed Companies Platinum Club member status.

Glenn Cooke is featured on the TV show Undercover Boss Canada.

2013

A.C. Covert of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, launches Jail Island brand for wild-caught seafood.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Dalhousie University create Cooke Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in Sustainable Aquaculture with Dr. Jon Grant.

2014

Cooke achieves Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification for North America.

Cooke acquires Meridian Salmon Farms Limited (now Cooke Aquaculture Scotland).

2015

logo-wancheseCooke family creates Cooke Seafood USA Inc. and acquires the Wanchese Fish Company.

2016

Cooke Seafood acquires Icicle Seafoods, Inc.logo-icicle

Cooke Seafood USA acquires Grinfin, a hake fishery subsidiary of Fripur based in Argentina.

cookeuruguay-logoCooke family acquire the assets of Fripur S.A., and establishes Cooke Uruguay.

cookeaqua-chileCooke Aquaculture Chile acquires Marine Harvest processing plant in Tepual, Chile.

 

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