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Eleanor Lawrie has become Mowi Scotland’s first full-time female deckhand.
Eleanor joined international fish farming company Mowi working as a farm technician, and whilst loving the role knew that her ambition was to move over to the boating side of aquaculture.
Eleanor, who, when not navigating the coast of Western Scotland, stays near Oban. She said: ‘It wasn’t easy breaking into the boating side of fish farming but from the first time I was sent to cover a shift I knew that it was what I wanted to do and I was determined to get there.
‘Within aquaculture workboat positions are very competitive so the challenges I’ve had to overcome have only made me work harder and want it more.
‘There is something new every day and I am learning so much that I’d never even dreamed of.
‘Getting the opportunity to travel up and down the west coast of Scotland is definitely an added bonus.’
Eleanor, who is a member of the crew aboard the Kyle of Lochlash-based vessel, Ailsa Craig, is pleased to lead the way for other females who wish to hold a career on Mowi vessels, adding: ‘I’ve read that only 1.2 per cent of the whole maritime industry are female, which needs to change and I’m excited to be a part of that change.
‘I hope that as time goes on we do see more women in the maritime industry and that my story might inspire more women to make the jump. Maybe somebody might race me to become Mowi’s first female skipper.’