In just over thirty years, Cooke has become a global seafood leader driven by an innovative team that delivers superior products, service, and value to its customers under the True North Seafood brand. Today, Cooke Aquaculture is the oldest continuously operating salmon-farming company in North America, and employs approximately 5,000 people worldwide. 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.
After acquiring Icicle Seafoods in the summer of 2016, Cooke Aquaculture Pacific assumed ownership of farms in Puget Sound close to Cypress Island, Hope Island, Port Angeles, and Rich Passage. A 30-year industry in Washington, salmon farming is consistent with our state’s values of sustainability, access and affordability, wild salmon conservation, and rural economic opportunity.
By providing a fresh supply of salmon available year-round, farmed salmon helps prevent overfishing and takes pressure off wild stocks, which have been dramatically diminished due to the population growth and economic activity in and around Puget Sound. Salmon farms form partnerships with academic institutions and other science-driven organizations to support innovative research in fish biology, fish health, hatchery culture, water and habitat dynamics, and more. Salmon farms employ 80 full-time farm employees around Puget Sound, and support another 100 jobs on harvesting boats and in processing plants.
The Director of Public Affairs will serve as a liaison with the community, with the company’s consultants, and senior management team. Qualified candidates will be responsible for advancing strategic corporate communications programs, government relations, and media relations for our Pacific operations. As the public representative for the company, the Director of Public Affairs will respond to media calls and will harness their knowledge of the aquaculture/seafood industry to build and maintain relationships within all levels of government, tribes, industry groups, non-governmental organizations and local community members. Position reports to the Vice President Public Relations and based out of our Cooke Aquaculture Pacific corporate offices in Seattle, Washington.