What’s it like to be a woman working in aquaculture? International Women’s Day offers a perfect chance to ask two of ASC’s own team members about their experiences in the field.
Renée Hamel is ASC’s Technical & Operations Support Manager. For her, sustainable seafood is a lifelong passion: “I grew up in rural Newfoundland in the aftermath of the 1992 cod fishery moratorium. I saw the devastating impacts that the loss of wild fish stocks can have on a community, which gave me a love and respect for the ocean from a very young age.
“I eventually pursued a Bachelor of Science in Biology (Marine) where I first became acquainted with aquaculture – and the rest is history!”
Kathrin Steinberg is head of the Research Team in ASC’s Standards & Science department. She, too, has long been enchanted with all things marine. “As a kid I wanted to study ‘dolphin biology’ and was fascinated by marine life, which I still am. So when I found a course on marine technologies I knew what I wanted to study. I had not heard about aquaculture before and it was only a small part of the curriculum, but I found it intriguing. There are still so many things that we do not know about aquaculture and things we can still improve in the ‘real world’ – I am sure that I will never get bored of it.”
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