Canadian seafood giant Cooke Aquaculture has confirmed it is interested in Tasmanian salmon farmer Huon Aquaculture, setting up a battle with global meat giant JBS.

CEO Glenn Cooke told Australian newspaper The Mercury that Tasmania was “an attractive state to invest in."

“Huon holds tremendous promise as an established company to continue producing world-renowned salmon and build upon the region’s talented fish farming workforce,” Cooke said.