research and innovation
At Cooke Aquaculture, the health of our fish and the environment are major priorities.
We are continuously studying, questioning and testing current practices
to learn as much as we can about the changing world of aquaculture.
3-bay management system
Cooke Aquaculture has implemented a 3-bay management system at its ocean sites. It's a more costly and elaborate way of farming but it allows for the organic renewal of the sites between crops and minimizes the environmental impact on the ocean floor. Ocean sites are grouped in large bay management areas and each area is designated for a particular age of fish. One area is set aside specifically for smolts, which are young salmon; another for market-ready fish; and a third area will be fallowed or kept out of production. This new system of allowing for fallow periods lets the ocean floor rest between crops and protects the health of our animals.
Leading edge initiatives
We are pushing it even further! Right now, we're investing in a DNA traceability project that will revolutionize the way we track our fish from egg to plate. Our Offspring™ DNA Traceability System will ensure an unparalleled level of food safety.
Another important tool for reducing our environmental footprint is the company’s pioneering of the integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) approach to farming under the leadership of an interdisciplinary research team led by Dr. Thierry Chopin of the University of New Brunswick and Dr. Shawn Robinson of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. IMTA creates a balanced ecosystem as nutrients released from the salmon pens are recaptured to become food and energy for the additional commercial crops of mussels and seaweeds.
When it comes to sustainability, environmental stewardship and fish health and welfare — we want to be the best in the industry. That's the reason why Cooke Aquaculture sponsors and leads many scientific research projects with different groups including local Universities and Colleges.
New Brunswick Innovation Fund honours Dr. Thierry Chopin's IMTA research