The Cooke Aquaculture Scotland farm site in Holland Bay in Orkney Islands has been certified organic by the Soil Association.
The Bay of Holland seawater site, Stronsay, was built in early 2021 and stocked with smolts certified organic by the Soil Association which currently weigh an average of 550g. A new, specially designed 200 ton power barge has been ordered by Gael Force to support the site.
The announcement comes at the beginning of September Bio, a month-long campaign launched by the Sol Association to raise awareness of the benefits of organic farming (all forms of agriculture – land and sea). Organic September highlights the importance of soil, ecosystems, animal and human well-being in food production.
Cooke Aquaculture Scotland is the largest producer of organic salmon in Orkney, and the latest certification brings the number of seawater sites certified organic by the Cooke’s Soil Association in Orkney to 10.
To obtain the Soil Association label, a breeding site must meet the Association’s requirements, particularly in terms of feed, stocking density, authorized treatments and fish welfare.
Cooke’s organic salmon is marketed as “Organic Orkney” and sold by some of the major retailers, including Waitrose, Marks and Spencer and Tesco.
Norman Peace, Bay of Holland Site Manager at Cooke Aquaculture Scotland, said: “It is very fitting to mark the start of organic September by confirming that our brand new seawater site has achieved the certification from the Soil Association.
“We have been breeding organic Scottish salmon on a regular basis for over a decade and this latest certification for the Bay of Holland demonstrates our commitment to the highest Soil Association standards and to producing a premium product that is loved the world over. .