The Caribbean aquaculture industry, although relatively underdeveloped, is ideally situated next to one of the biggest seafood markets in the world, North America. The tropical waters of the region can support a large variety of blue foods, however, to grow the region, knowledge and infrastructure are required.
Advanced education, especially for women, is a challenge in the Caribbean region and many women seeking to become marine scientists leave for education opportunities in North America and Europe. These women are now scattered around the world but still hold a desire to bring their knowledge home to help make this area a blue foods powerhouse. Juli-Anne Russo formed WiCA in hopes of uniting these amazing women, and together, they could bring about positive change to their homelands.
Besides initial establishment funds to get WiCA and CAN up and running, BioMar will be promoting the organisation and its members, including sponsoring their attendance at various international aquaculture events. BioMar will also be providing internal expertise through collaboration and knowledge sharing, and Katherine Bryar BioMar’s Global Marketing Director will sit on the organisation’s Board.
“BioMar are deeply proud to support this amazing group of talented women from the Caribbean. They are all driven by a deep passion for the marine environment, improving their countries and giving back to their communities. We at BioMar intend to support them on their vital journey,” concluded Katherine Bryar.