Women in Scottish Aquaculture looks for new host

Since 2019, WiSA has been administered by the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC).
Women in Scottish Aquaculture has grown to almost 400 members.

Women in Scottish Aquaculture has grown to almost 400 members.


Women in Scottish Aquaculture (WiSA), administered by the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) since 2019, is looking for a new host to ensure its operations.

Due to SAIC securing a new funding package to enhance research and development in finfish health and wellbeing, the center will cease providing administrative support to WiSA.

During the Aquaculture UK trade show, WiSA representatives requested a new host to attend and deliver its initiatives, including mentoring programs, the WiSA Awards, events, training, and online knowledge-sharing.

In June and July, SAIC will organize meetings with potential candidates to secure a host in August and transfer responsibilities in September.

"We are now calling on organizations who share our vision to step forward and help us ensure WiSA's initiatives continue to thrive," Heather Jones, chief executive of SAIC explained.

"I founded WiSA because I am passionate about supporting and promoting the role of women in aquaculture. The network has proven to be a vital step in helping the sector to grow," she assured.

About Women in Scottish Aquaculture

WiSA was formed on International Women's Day in 2019 following a consultation of 200 people working in the aquaculture sector. 90% of the respondents were keen to see a network of support for women working or considering a career in the industry.

Since its inception, the association has grown to almost 400 members, including representatives from finfish, shellfish, and seaweed, operating in industry, government, academia, and non-governmental organizations.

The annual WiSA awards highlight the important role female talent plays in Scotland's valuable seafood production sector and its supply chain. The winners are announced on the International Women's Day.

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