Aquaculture is a male-dominated industry in North America, especially on the production end, but that doesn’t mean women can’t do the work. This was one of the conclusions reached at the Women in North America Aquaculture Summit (WINAAS) held last month. But, as Leah Stoker, Senior Advisor at AquacultureTalent and one of the panelists tells us, “where there is an imbalance there is opportunity for the entry”, and adds, “there are many roles to fill in this industry”. That optimistic and celebratory spirit is what was in the air throughout the event that, through a keynote and four panels, brought together 12 speakers around the figure of women in North American aquaculture. “It was so awesome to hear the stories, encouragement, advice, and concerns of all the women who participated and also from those who followed up with questions about certain topics raised in the segment”, Leah says.
“There are many roles to fill in this industry”
Leah Stoker, Senior Advisor at AquacultureTalent, talking about women in North American aquaculture.