Norway’s Kvarøy Arctic has welcomed three new team members as part of its international Women in Aquaculture programme, which aims to provide hands-on training opportunities for women building careers in aquaculture.
The family-owned salmon farm, based on the Island of Kvarøy along Norway’s Arctic Circle, launched the programme in May 2020. Participants get the opportunity of ‘a fully immersive and collaborative work experience’ with full relocation expenses, accommodation, and professional compensation for their work.
Marwa Mechlaoui is the first scholarship recipient to start at the facility, with the other two working remotely and joining when travel restrictions permit. Marwa is Tunisian and a student of aquaculture working towards a PhD at the Arctic University of Norway.
The other two recipients are Natalie Van Wyk, a South African with a post-graduate diploma in Aquaculture from the University of Stellenbosch, and Hannah Krohn, a Senior at the University of California, Berkeley studying Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences.
Kvarøy Arctic CEO Alf-Gøran Knutsen said: “We were thrilled to receive interest from around the world when we announced this idea in May. It also shed light on the variety of barriers women face as they pursue work in this field. We’re committed to creating a more inclusive work environment and hope our leadership inspires others to do the same.”