Women in Science – Marine Harvest Scotland

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.

Marine Harvest Scotland

Today’s featured scientist is Jackie Hall.

Job Title :

  • Seawater & Feeds Co-ordinator with Marine Harvest Scotland Ltd

Location :

  • Stob Ban House, Fort William

Tell us about your job :

  • My role involves day to day contact with sites managers, the upkeep and maintenance of web based systems and analysis of data. I am responsible for liaising with Technical services manager and feed manufacturers on feed specifications and feed analysis. I am provide accurate monthly feed forecasts to feed manufacturers and facilitate the movement of feed between sites.

Why do you love what you do?

  • I love the job I do because it challenges me on a daily basis and gives me opportunities that I would never have otherwise had. When I first started with the company I had only a basic knowledge of science but have just completed an MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture through St Andrews University with support from my employers. I have travelled and met many great people through my day to day work and gained from their knowledge and experience. I have had nothing but support and encouragement throughout my time with Marine Harvest and have achieved things I would never have dreamt possible.

What advice would you give other women or girls thinking of a career in science?

  • Never ever think that you can’t do it- there really are some wonderful opportunities out there, and you learn so much along the way.. Science is still a predominantly thought of as a male orientated industry, but there are some fantastic opportunities available if you are willing to put yourself forward.

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