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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.
Enos Were earned his Bachelors of Science in Fisheries from Moi University in 1997. With the support of Aquaculture CRSP (ACRSP), Enos then went on to earn his Masters of Philosophy in Aquaculture from Moi University in 2002. While working with ACRSP, he learned not only practical aquaculture skills, but theory and the scientific background of practices. Enos is now turning his education into a business as he is the founder and managing director of Jewlet Enterprises.
George Owiti Osure first became interested in aquaculture because (in his own words) "aquaculture was the branch of fisheries that had the potential to grow as opposed to capture fisheries, which had stagnated for decades." George pursued that passion first at Moi University, where he earned his Bachelors in Science in Fisheries and Aquaculture and then at Auburn University, where is earned his Masters in Science in Aquaculture with the support of Aquaculture CRSP (ACRSP). He said that work with ACRSP gave him international experience and created a firm foundation for his career, giving him hands-on experience. George claimed that "My AquaFish sutdy was one of my best experiences of my life...It set me on a path of progress and development in my career and life in general." George very recently returned to academia and was appointed as an Assistant Lecturer at Pwani University.
Gifty earned her Masters degree in Fisheries Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with AquaFish support in 2012, and is now pursuing a PhD. Her research involved cage aquaculture development in Volta Lake, Ghana. Gifty surveyed and interviewed current farmers, potential adopters of cage farming, and cage farmers that have left the trade, to better understand the main barriers to cage aquaculture. Upon the completion of her Masters, Gifty worked as an assistant lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), her Bachelors’ alma mater. At KNUST, Gifty taught Ichthyology and Taxonomy of Fishes, Fisheries and Aquaculture Economics, and Fish Processing and Marketing, while also serving as an academic advisor.