Meet Noelia Rodriguez, a freshwater Fish Health and Welfare Manager with Scottish Sea Farms.
What is your job and what does it involve?
I am responsible for ensuring the fish health and welfare of Atlantic salmon in the freshwater production sites including flow-through hatcheries, recirculation hatcheries and lochs is optimal.
I also implement the company health strategy to deliver high-quality smolts, support site staff in maintaining high standards of health and welfare through training and application of novel technologies and coordinate research and development projects that will improve health and welfare on our fish.
Why you love what you do?
I love the balance between the fieldwork with the fish, the data analysis of all the parameters measured to identify trends, the interaction with the people in different areas that all share a proud feeling about what they do and the challenges that working with fish in the natural environment brings.
Sometimes it is like solving a puzzle, I have to look at several aspects to be able to come out with the best outcome.
What advice would you give other women or girls thinking of a career in science?
Go for it! There is a massive range of things you can do if you go into science, from academia to industry or teaching. Even within aquaculture, we have people with roles in water chemistry, microbiology, phytoplankton & benthic taxonomy, environmental science, etc. There is always a fresh challenge waiting if you are up for it!
You can find out more about Women in Scottish Aquaculture (WiSA) by clicking here.