Women In Science – Quality Controller

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 Christine Nicholson from Cooke Aquaculture.

Job Title

  • Quality Controller for Cooke Aquaculture in their processing plant in Shetland.

Tell us about your role:

  • I am in charge of implementing the company quality procedures in one of the most critical steps of production. Supervising all daily and weekly hygiene tests: on fish and on the equipment and water (Listeria, TVCs, Pseudomonas, Enterobacteriaceae and E.Coli). Writing daily reports on production including fish and room temperature, number and weights of the fish processed that day. When auditors come from Label Rouge, the BRC and the organic standard etc I prepare everything for them and train staff to comply with procedures.