Women in Science – Cooke Aquaculture

Science in Aquaculture

Between 11th February (International Day of Women and Girls in Science) and British Science Week (9th – 18th March), we’re introducing you to some of the amazingly talented scientists . . . who just happen to be women . . . working in Scottish salmon farming. They not only help to make Scottish salmon the global success story it is today, but are working tirelessly to ensure its sustainable future.

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland

Today’s featured scientist is Michelle Johnson.

Hi Michelle. Tell us a bit about yourself . . .

Education wise, I completed 2 years for an HND in Hospitality Management and then a further 2 years in Consumer Product Management where I graduated with a 2:1 BSc (Hons) degree in 1999 from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

My role as a Technical Manager requires that I, along with my team, ensure the Technical, Quality & Environmental Assurance requirements for all sites are satisfied to meet all our accreditation & customer requirements.

Our sites are situated from the North of Unst in Shetland to Cumbria, with freshwater hatcheries & sites, sea water sites, harvesting operations & processing factories along the way.

Each day is very varied from auditing a harvest operation, accompanying customers & auditors on site visits, responding to customer information requests, compiling data & producing reports, reviewing documentation – customer specifications, Codes of Practice or legislation to attending meetings.

In all my time working in the fish farming industry I don’t think I have had two days the same and it can just take one phone call and your complete plan for the day has to completely change. I wouldn’t have it any other way though!

To find more about the UN’s International Women & Girls in Science Day visit http://www.un.org/en/events/women-and-girls-in-science-day/

For more information on British Science Week go here https://www.britishscienceweek.org