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AquaFish has supported more than 500 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in aquaculture, fisheries, aquatic ecology, economics, engineering, and many other disciplines. Some of our students who are or have been supported are featured below.
Victoria Chepkirui Tarus first became interested in aquaculture because the demand of fish keeps growing in Kenya and she wanted to "tap into the huge potential and provide a solution to the fish deficit, which will translate into food security and improved livelihoods." Victoria followed this interest by earning her Bachelors in Fisheries at Moi University in 2001. Victoria then went to the University of Eldoret for her Master's degree with the support of Aquaculture CRSP in 2007 and her PhD in 2016. Through her work with ACRSP, she learned of the potential of small-scale farmers to contribute to the economy given opportunity and the right support. Victoria, now Chief Officer with the Kenyana Department of Agriculture and Livestock, enjoys seeing farmers "adopt new technologies in aquaculture and move from subsistence farming to commercial fish farming."
Wilfrido Contreras-Sanchez pursued a Master’s and a Doctorate in Fisheries Science supported by funding provided by the ACRSP at Oregon State University (OSU). He completed his doctoral dissertation at OSU in 2000, which focused on finding safe and reliable masculinization techniques for sex reversal in Nile tilapia.
After completing his PhD, Wilfrido was a research professor at Universidad Juarez Autonoma de Tabasco (UJAT) and immediately started work on building capacity for aquaculture production and research in Mexico. Continuing his collaboration with AquaFish, Wilfrido has served as a principal investigator on research projects and helped promote aquaculture for conservation and food security. In 2011, Wilfrido was awarded the Medal of Merit for Environmental Defense from the Congress of Tabasco, Mexico. He recently assumed the position of Vice-President of Research at UJAT and continues his efforts in aquaculture and fisheries research.