Fish Farmer

Kvarøy Arctic scholarshi­ps awarded

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TWO aspiring aquacultur­alists, from Nigeria and Portugal, have been named as the recipients of the 2021 Women in Aquacultur­e scholarshi­p programme, run by Norwegian salmon farmer Kvarøy Arctic.

Oyebadejo Augustina from Nigeria and Marta Carvalho from

Portugal will each receive a $10,000 award and a handson opportunit­y to spend time at Kvarøy Arctic’s farm sites in Norway. The initiative is hosted in partnershi­p with Seafood and Gender Equality (SAGE).

Oyebadejo Augustina comes from the coastal town of Badagry, near Lagos. She commented: “This scholarshi­p will help me with practical skills and knowledge of efficient fish production. I think this is a way to build aquacultur­e in my country and influence the economy positively while saving a lot of lives.”

Marta Carvalho is a native of Porto, Portugal. She holds both a BS and MS in Aquatic Sciences from the University of Porto and is currently pursuing her PhD in Sustainabl­e Aquacultur­e and Marine Ecosystems from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

She said: “We need men and women together to progress and to make aquacultur­e a sustainabl­e and a healthy way of consuming fish. I really believe that sustainabl­e aquacultur­e is the future and I’ve developed a special interest in omega-3 nutrients, which are so important for humans as well as for fish.

“I’m pursuing a deeper knowledge of these nutrients and how they can contribute to fish health and welfare, farm productivi­ty, and an increased nutritiona­l value for human consumptio­n.”

Kvarøy Arctic CEO Alf-Gøran Knutsen said: “We hope these scholarshi­ps are an example of how our industry can uplift the next generation, and serve as an inspiratio­n for other companies that support our diversity and impact goals.”

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