Women in Science – Scottish Sea Farms

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.

Scottish Sea Farms

Today’s featured scientist is Ashleigh Currie.

Job Title :

  • Fish Health and Welfare Manager with Scottish Sea Farms Ltd


  • Shetland

Qualifications :

  • PhD Marine Biogeochemistry, awarded by University of Aberdeen (but my research was through the Scottish Association for Marine Science); BSc Marine Biology (Hons) from University of Aberdeen.

Tell us about your role :

  • My role at Scottish Sea Farms ensures that we achieve and maintain high standards in fish health and welfare. I work closely with our site managers and prescribing veterinary surgeon, by providing practical support in all aspects of fish health, welfare and disease management.

What’s the best thing about your job?

  • I love my job as I get to work with a bunch of folks passionate about what they do. Fish farming is a very exciting industry that is rapidly changing and developing. My skills enable me to consider how the marine environment challenges the performance of salmon and what we can do to try and mitigate those factors. Getting out on site is also great – especially when it’s a flat calm day and the scenery in Shetland is just amazing!

Why would you recommend a career in science?

  • Science doesn’t just have to be spent in the laboratory. It’s such a versatile area, whether that be to continue a career in academia or the challenge of industry. Through a career in science, I have visited many countries and met a bunch of really interesting people and look forward to continuing using my scientific background to benefit the salmon farming industry.

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