Kvarøy Arctic announces latest Women in Aquaculture scholarship winners

Published on
July 28, 2021
Oyebadejo Augustina from Nigeria and Marta Carvalho from Portugal were selected for Kvarøy Arctic's Women in Aquaculture scholarship program.

Norwegian salmon farming company Kvarøy Arctic has confirmed the recipients of its second year of the Women in Aquaculture scholarship program.

From almost 200 applicants from more than 30 countries, Oyebadejo Augustina from Nigeria and Marta Carvalho from Portugal were selected.

Hosted in partnership with Seafood and Gender Equality (SAGE), the scholarship, which was launched in 2020, seeks to support emerging leaders through an immersive, experiential program. It includes a USD 10,000 (EUR 8,450) fund to each recipient and the opportunity to gain experience by working at Kvarøy’s farm sites.

“As a father, and as a professional in a company that is one-third female-owned, I understand the value of raising strong women and supporting their growth and leadership skills,” Kvarøy Arctic CEO Alf-Gøran Knutsen said. “We hope these scholarships are an example of how our industry can uplift the next generation and serve as an inspiration for other companies that support our diversity and impact goals."

Augustina is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in technology in fisheries and aquaculture at the Federal University of Technology, in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. She has experience working at aquaculture operations dealing with all stages of fish life-cycles, from hatchery management to harvesting and sales. Her long-term goal is to set-up a training center in her community so she can mentor other young girls and women.

Carvalho holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aquatic sciences from the University of Porto and is currently pursuing her doctorate in sustainable aquaculture and marine ecosystems from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. For her doctoral thesis, she is focused on finding novel omega-3 sources for fish feed to increase environmental and economic sustainability.

The company received entries from countries including the United States, Nigeria, Kenya, Iran, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, and New Zealand.

The applicant pool was narrowed based on focus of study and financial need, among other qualifying factors.

"We were extremely pleased to see such a broad pool of applicants for these scholarships,” SAGE Founding Director Julie Kuchepatov said. “While the number of applicants is a sure sign that more women are studying aquaculture with plans to make it a life-long career, the financial need for this education is striking and a main theme regardless of country. We know that a woman's lack of access to financing in aquaculture is a barrier to entry and we hope these scholarships serve as an enduring contribution to break down that barrier."

Photos courtesy of Kvarøy Arctic

Contributing Editor reporting from London, UK

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