Kvarøy awards Women in Aquaculture scholarships

2022 Women in Aquaculture Scholarship winner Abigail Ebachi Tarchie at work on her research in aquaculture in Ghana.

Indre Kvarøy, Norway-based Kvarøy Arctic named Abigail Ebachi Tarchie and Eliza Syropoulou as its 2022 Women in Aquaculture Scholarship winners.

Kvarøy Arctic is in its third year of awarding two USD 10,000 (EUR 9,827) scholarships to recipients who are passionate about the future of food and stewardship in sustainable aquaculture, the supplier said in a press release.

“We’re beyond thrilled by the recognition our scholarship is receiving, as achieving gender equality and empowerment for women in aquaculture is something we at Kvarøy Arctic are deeply passionate about,” Kvarøy Chief Marketing Officer Jennifer Bushman said.

One of the scholarships is dedicated to applicants from all around the world and the other is designated for applicants from countries in Africa only.

Ebachi Tarichie is a doctoral student at Kwame Nrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. Her studies focus on fish nutrition and welfare, with a specific focus on sustainable resources research. She hails from the coastal area of western Ghana, where fishing is the main livelihood, according to Kvarøy.

“It is in this vein that I developed an interest to study aquaculture in order to acquire knowledge and insight so that I can help these farmers through training and sensitization,” Ebachi Tarichie said. “My aim is to educate more people about aquaculture to increase fish production and thereby improve livelihoods and enhance nutrition security, especially for the most nutritionally vulnerable.”

Syropoulou is a doctoral student at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, focusing her studies on fish welfare and nutrition, specifically as it relates to recirculating aquaculture systems and microbiology. Her research is aimed at optimizing water treatment methods in recirculating aquaculture systems, Kvarøy said.

“She also wants to find ways to benefit the community of women in aquaculture,” Kvarøy said.

This year, Kvarøy Arctic received applications from 85 different countries. The scholarship aims to not only support women, but to act as a leader in an industry that lacks gender inclusion by eliminating boundaries and opening the door to women for a career in aquaculture. 

In related news, Kvarøy has joined forces with Whole Foods Market’s independent nonprofit, Whole Kids Foundation, to educate students, teachers, and families about healthy eating and sustainable food systems. Kvarøy Arctic pledged a USD 10,000 annual contribution for 2022, with plans on expanding the program in 2023.

“The collaboration is based on creating educational content that sparks curiosity among children to learn about sustainable and nutritious food systems,” Kvarøy said in a press release.

Kvarøy and the Whole Foods Foundation will develop and provide “engaging resources for teachers, parents, students, and school communities as both organizations share the vision that children’s education on healthy eating and climate-friendly food systems go hand in hand,” the supplier said. 

Photo courtesy of Kvarøy Arctic


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