Women in Seafood

To celebrate International Women's Day, Seafish has taken the opportunity to interview several successful women who are leading the way and shaping the future of the seafood industry. The participants were asked a variety of questions, with the aim of shedding light on the challenges they've faced both professionally and personally, and the advice they have for women wanting to enter this fascinating and demanding industry.

Case study - Anne-Margaret Anderson, SWFPA

Anne-Margaret Anderson couldn't imagine herself working in any other industry than fishing, and with very good reason. Growing up right beside the harbour in a tight-knit island community in the Outer Hebrides, and the daughter of a fourth generation fisherman, fishing is in Anne-Margaret's blood."Some of my earliest memories involve being around fishing boats… I've witnessed first-hand the determination and commitment that is required to make a viable living from fishing."

Case study - CJ Jackson, Billingsgate Seafood School

If you were to ask a person to describe CJ Jackson to you, it is highly likely that the words 'powerhouse' or 'dynamic' would be used. As the CEO of the Billingsgate Seafood School since 2005; previous vice-principal of Leith's School of Food and Wine; author of the Leith's Fish Bible and Billingsgate Market Cookbook; not to mention a guest on numerous television programmes; CJ has been a tireless face of cooking seafood.

Case study - Katie Miller, ClientEarth

"One time I was sitting round a boardroom table with about 20 people and we were introducing ourselves. When it came to my turn the chair said, 'well, you're the only one that looks like you could be Katie Miller'. I was the only woman there." Katie Miller, who for the past five years has been working on the Sustainable Seafood Coalition for ClientEarth, is able to see the funny side of her early encounters in the seafood industry.

Case study - Susan Ord, Land & Sea Fish & Chip Shop

In a sector known for tradition, Susan Ord stands out as an unusual person to be an innovator in the world of fish and chips. Having a fish allergy since birth, Susan has never actually been able to eat the very dish she grew up with. Her father built the family fish and chip shop in Polmont, Stirlingshire, and she grew up with the business from Primary School, though only ate the deep-fried pizza.

Case study - Errin Todd, Lobster Pod

Errin Todd perfectly captures the spirit of entrepreneurship which is driving the seafood industry forward. As CEO of Lobster Pod, an innovative shellfish transportation company which she founded with her marine biologist husband Dr Keith Todd, she is helping to find new and creative methods for storing and transporting shellfish while also creating a profitable business model.

Case study - Sally Skakle, Peterhead Port Authority

On International Women's Day, Seafish is supporting the Be Bold for Change campaign and is looking to encourage more women to consider a career in the seafood industry by championing successful women who are leading the way and shaping the future of the sector.

Case study - Louise Coulbeck, JCS Fish Limited

On International Women's Day, Seafish is supporting the Be Bold for Change campaign and is looking to encourage more women to consider a career in the seafood industry by championing successful women who are leading the way and shaping the future of the sector.

Case study - Carly Daniels, Padstow National Lobster Hatchery

On International Women's Day, Seafish is supporting the Be Bold for Change campaign and is looking to encourage more women to consider a career in the seafood industry by championing successful women who are leading the way and shaping the future of the sector.