Cooke's organic salmon farm in Cupquelan Fjord in Aysén, which is now approved to use the EU Organic green and white leaf logo for export to the EU and UK.

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Fish farmer Cooke Aquaculture has gone to great lengths to produce Chile’s first European-certified organic Atlantic salmon – all the way to Scotland, in fact.

One of the requirements for certification is that the feed must meet certain criteria, and no such feed is available in Chile. Instead, feed has been shipped from Cooke’s Northeast Nutrition Scotland feed mill in Invergordon, which produces the feed for the 5,200 gutted weight tonnes of organic salmon produced annually by Cooke Aquaculture Scotland.

The mill will continue to supply Chile in the immediate future.

Andres Parodi: Harvest is a milestone in Chilean aquaculture.

Cooke Aquaculture Chile has now begun harvesting its first organic salmon after a four-year process which included six months of sanitation and productive rest for smolt facilities and three months’ fallowing of a site in the Cupquelan Fjord in the Aysén region. Cooke Chile’s efforts ensured that its organic salmon is now approved to use the EU Organic green and white leaf logo for export to EU and UK markets.

Strong dedication

“This milestone in Chilean salmon farming is a result of keen innovation and strong dedication to providing a sustainable food source,” said Andres Parodi, regional general manager for Latin America at Cooke. “This is a true companywide vision and was made possible because of the collaborative efforts and support along the way.”

Cooke will produce around 3,200 tonnes of organic salmon in Cupquelan Fjord, equivalent to 25% of its production in Chile.

“Our team in Chile has driven this project forward with passion, commitment, and respect for the environment. We are proud of this achievement, and credit the hard work of our people for dedicating years to accomplish this,” said Cooke’s chief executive, Glenn Cooke.

“We have invested heavily in Atlantic salmon breeding programmes, fish feed production, eco-friendly fish health treatment technologies, and innovative marine farming equipment.”

File photo of staff at Northeast Nutrition Scotland with some of the first bags of feed produced after the feed mill was bought from former owner Skretting. The factory has played its part in helping Cooke achieve a first for Chile.