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Aquaculture careers in the spotlight

Education & academia

The wide range of jobs available in the aquaculture industry both in Scotland and abroad will be the subject of a careers event at Stirling University on April 18th.

It is the third annual event of its kind to be organized by the Aquaculture Students' Association, under the guidance of Sam Houston, who has decided to allow access to a broader audience, not just Stirling students, this year.

Sam told The Fish Site: “We have grown the event significantly this year by opening it up to other Scottish universities, we have particular interest from students at SAMS and Aberdeen. Also, this year we have several companies taking stands to network with the students.

“We (the Aquaculture Students' Association) hope that all students will benefit from having the chance to engage with the key sector employers and get them thinking about their professional futures.”

Professor Herve Migaud, Deputy Director at the Institute of Aquaculture, added: “We are delighted to host the third edition of the aquaculture career day at the Institute of Aquaculture/University of Stirling, which this year is opened to all students undertaking an aquaculture-related course at a Scottish university.

“We hope many students will turn up as it is a great opportunity to hear from the sector and make connections with leading Scottish industry players.”

“Thanks to the Stirling Aquaculture Students’ Association for organising the event and the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) for providing support”

Ronnie Soutar, MD of Aqualife, who is one of the key speakers, continued: “I was pleased to be invited to speak at the upcoming Careers Day organised by the Aquaculture Students Association. Involvement in fish farming has given me a long, rewarding and fun career and the opportunity to encourage others to follow a similar route is very welcome. I can see career paths in aquaculture expanding in number and variety and am looking forward to meeting, and hopefully helping, the next generation of graduates who are entering our industry.”

Preliminary timetable

10:30 Registration

Session 1
11:00 – 11:30 SSPO, Gilpin Bradley
11:30 – 11:50 Marine Harvest (Scotland), Marcos Garcia
11:50 – 12:10 Scottish Salmon Company, Theresa Fernandez
12:10 – 12:15 Nam Sai Farms, Warren Turner (video presentation)

12:15 Lunch

Session 2
13:00 – 13:20 Aqualife, Ronnie Soutar
13:20 – 13:40 Benchmark Animal Health, Matthijs Metselaar
13:40 – 14:00 Fishguard, Sean Black
14:00 – 14:05 Fish Vet Asia: Don Griffiths (video presentation)

Session 3
14:30 – 14:50 Skretting, Alan Bourhill
14:50 – 15:10 Fusion Marine, Rhuaraidh Edwards
15:10 – 15:30 SEPA, [speaker tbc]
15:30 – 15:45 SAIC, Heather Jones
15:45 Closing statement by Herve Migaud