French wins fish­eries schol­ar­ship

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Fish­eries and Aqua­cul­ture Min­is­ter Clyde Jack­man re­cently pre­sented the depart­ment’s third an­nual schol­ar­ship to Vic­to­ria French of Bay Roberts.

The $1,000 schol­ar­ship was cre­ated to in­crease aware­ness of the prov­ince’s fish­ing and aqua­cul­ture in­dus­tries among stu­dents en­ter­ing post-sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tions.

Vic­to­ria is a grad­u­ate of As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts. Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease is­sued by the depart­ment, she has demon­strated an ex­cel­lent record of aca­demic achieve­ment, as well as in­volve­ment in both her school and com­mu­nity.

While in high school she main­tained a 95 per cent av­er­age in a French im­mer­sion pro­gram. She was the co-founder of As­cen­sion for War Child, which raised funds to re­build a school for the chil­dren of the Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Congo. She was also a group leader with the en­vi­ron­men­tal group Gaia and par­tic­i­pated in Tu­tor­ing for Tu­ition and the 30-Hour Famine.

Out­side of school, she has been ac­tive with pi­ano lessons and bal­let classes. Vic­to­ria has been ac­cepted to Me­mo­rial Uni­ver­sity and is study­ing to be­come a French im­mer­sion teacher.

“ Vic­to­ria is ob­vi­ously a very tal­ented and ded­i­cated in­di­vid­ual,” said Jack­man. “I con­grat­u­late her on tak­ing the ini­tia­tive to ed­u­cate her­self on the fish­ing in­dus­try and work­ing to de­velop so­lu­tions to the very com­plex is­sues fac­ing the in­dus­try. She is a very ac­com­plished stu­dent and I am pos­i­tive she will go far.”

As part of the re­quire­ments for the schol­ar­ship, stu­dents were asked to write an es­say of up to 2,500 words on the ma­jor is­sues fac­ing the prov­ince’s fish­ing or aqua­cul­ture in­dus­tries. They were also chal­lenged to in­clude pos­si­ble so­lu­tions to these prob­lems.

Vic­to­ria’s es­say ad­dresses is­sues such as cli­mate change and the deep im­pact it is hav­ing on the prov­ince’s fish­ing in­dus­try through mi­gra­tion, the shrimp life cy­cle and Cana­dian seal pop­u­la­tions.

“It is im­por­tant that we con­tin­u­ally raise aware­ness of the prov­ince’s fish­ing and aqua­cul­ture in­dus­tries among our youth,” said Jack­man. “ There is a bright fu­ture in the fish­ing in­dus­try in New­found­land and Labrador. It will be a very dif­fer­ent in­dus­try than we know it as to­day. That is why we must at­tract youth with the in­tel­lect and en­ergy of Ms. French to meet the chal­lenges ahead.

“ There are many op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fields of fish­eries sci­ence and oceano­graphic and ma­rine re­search. Fur­ther­more, the fish­ing in­dus­try of the fu­ture will in­creas­ingly rely on sci­ence and technology as a means of main­tain­ing global com­pet­i­tive­ness, cre­at­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties for the best and bright­est among our youth. It is im­por­tant that the young peo­ple of the prov­ince un­der­stand the op­por­tu­ni­ties that are a part of this in­dus­try that is so crit­i­cal to our prov­ince.”

The schol­ar­ship is funded through the depart­ment’s sus­tain­able fish­eries and cceans pol­icy civi­sion. This di­vi­sion pro­vides in­put on fish­eries man­age­ment and sci­ence, and oceans pol­icy devel­op­ment pro­cesses within the prov­ince.

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