Norwegian salmon farmer Kvaroy Arctic welcomed three new members to its first women in aquaculture program.
The three tiers of the program -- a scholarship, internship and full-time role -- were delivered to the applicants who showed promise for developing their careers in the sector.
Marwa Mechlaoui will join Kvaroy as a recipient of the women in aquaculture international scholarship in partnership with the James Beard Foundation.
The scholarship includes a paid one-month internship on the Kvaroy Arctic farm site in Norway. The recipient can continue to intern with Kvaroy while in school, and will be considered for employment upon graduation.
Through her role with Kvaroy Arctic, Mechlaoui will pursue her interests in the implementation and assessment of responsible and sustainable technologies, policies and farming practices, and the wider economic and environmental contexts of aquaculture.
Natalie Van Wyk will join Kvaroy Arctic full-time after relocating from her hometown of Bersig, South Africa.
Van Wyk previously worked on a land-based abalone farm and has served as an auxiliary service officer and candidate production scientist for the Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, Rural Development, Environment and Nature Conservation.
Hannah Krohn also landed an internship at Kvaroy thanks to her recent article on the impact of aquaculture on the environment.
Krohn is studying marine biology and environmental sciences and the University of California, Berkeley.