Net­work that works

Fish Farmer - - Contents – Editor’s Welcome - JENNY HJUL – ED­I­TOR

THE in­dus­try had plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet up last month, first in Brussels at the world’s big­gest seafood show, and later in Ed­in­burgh, when a size­able crowd turned up for the Aqua­cul­ture Awards, held in Dy­namic Earth.

In between, there were two work­shops in Stir­ling to dis­cusss progress in cleaner fish rear­ing and pro­grammes for fu­ture re­search. There was also a ma­jor RAS con­fer­ence in Wash­ing­ton and no doubt many other events, both here and abroad, news of which has yet to reach us.

Per­haps one of the most sig­nif­i­cant gath­er­ings, though, if not the grand­est, was the stu­dents’ ca­reers day at the In­sti­tute of Aqua­cul­ture. This an­nual meet­ing brings cur­rent stu­dents to­gether with re­cent, and some not so re­cent, alumni, with the aim of eas­ing grad­u­ates’ paths into work. Among all the ex­cel­lent ad­vice to­mor­row’s bright stars were given by to­day’s lead­ing lights, one nugget stood out: net­work - ‘you are go­ing to be busi­ness part­ners, you’re go­ing to be col­leagues, or com­peti­tors or cus­tomers, so make sure that you speak to each other’.

Stir­ling sends its stu­dents all over the world but the global aqua­cul­ture sec­tor is a vil­lage, thanks to a tra­di­tion of for­mi­da­ble net­work­ing. We look for­ward to the class of 2019 re­turn­ing in a few years when they have es­tab­lished them­selves, and de­liv­er­ing the same mes­sage to the next gen­er­a­tion.

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