WiSA marks International Women’s Day by celebrating female contribution to Scottish aquaculture

The Women in Scottish Aquaculture network names the winners of its annual awards, and is also celebrating its 5-year anniversary today.
Winners of the 2024 WiSA awards, announced on International Women's Day.

Winners of the 2024 WiSA awards, announced on International Women's Day.

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Women in Scottish Aquaculture (WiSA) is celebrating International Women's Day 2024 by announcing the winners of this year's WiSA awards - and celebrating its fifth anniversary to boot.

The annual WiSA awards highlight the important role female talent plays in Scotland's valuable seafood production sector and its supply chain.

The accolades recognise those making an impact in the sector across five categories, nominated from WiSA’s almost 400 members. The nominees were judged by an independent panel, with winners announced during a virtual ceremony held online today.

Professionals from Scottish Sea Farms, Bakkafrost Scotland, and Roslin Institute win key accolades

WiSA’s rising star of 2024 was awarded to Alison Brough, fish veterinarian at Scottish Sea Farms, for her contribution to sector-wide advancements in fish health and welfare over the past year. Alongside her day job, Alison is the current secretary of the Fish Veterinary Society as well as being involved in other groups such as the Young Aquaculture Society.

Kimberley McKinnell, head of health at Bakkafrost Scotland, was named role model of the year, recognising her commitment to nurturing the next generation of aquaculture professionals through mentoring and leadership.

Meanwhile, Clémence Fraslin of the Roslin Institute was named academic champion for her work as leader of the aquaculture genetics group, focusing on disease resistance in Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout.

Efforts in support of diversity and inclusion also recognised

Daniel Carcajona, business development manager at SAMS Enterprise, was recognised as WISA’s ally of the year for his continued support for women in aquaculture and enthusiasm for highlighting the impact of female-led companies and research groups.

Additional awards were made to Sarah Riddle, managing director of Northern Light Consulting; Anne Anderson, head of sustainability and development at Scottish Sea Farms and Heather Jones, CEO of SAIC, who were all recognised for their outstanding contribution to diversity and inclusion in the sector.

WiSA celebrate's crucial role of women in aquaculture and related industries

The WiSA network – which was founded by the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) on International Women’s Day 2019 – represents all areas of the sector from producers and the supply chain to academia and continues to champion the diverse range of career opportunities for women in aquaculture.

 “The annual WiSA awards provide us with a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in the sector who are helping to promote diversity and deliver impact in their respective fields," said Teresa Garzon, chair of WiSA.

"While great progress is being made in terms of inclusion, International Women’s Day is a reminder of the need for balance and support for women and girls in every workplace. Over the past five years, we have seen WiSA making a real impact, bringing together women in the sector for professional collaboration, networking, and career growth," Garzon added.

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