National Fisheries Institute Statement on the Passing of Gifford Cooke 

Reston, VA – March 4, 2024 – With the loss of Gifford Cooke, co-founder of Cooke Aquaculture Inc. with his sons Glenn and Michael, the seafood community recognizes the passing of a pioneer. 

The evolution of this family company from a local entity, to a community stalwart, to a regional powerhouse, and ultimately to a global seafood leader, is due in no small part to the work ethic he exemplified and modeled for his family and colleagues. 

Cooke Aquaculture USA Inc. has been an important part the U.S. seafood landscape for decades, employing thousands of stateside workers in wild capture fisheries, aquaculture operations, and distribution, evidence of the hard work Gifford Cooke embodied.    

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cookes and the global Cooke Aquaculture family. 

Lisa Wallenda Picard 

President & CEO