The Oceans at Work Foundation works closely together with knowledge partner Blue Linked. This pioneer in circular fish farming is a recognised learning company and works together with various educational institutions in the field of coast and sea. For example with Wageningen University & Research, Hogeschool Rotterdam and Utrecht University. Here, students who are currently doing an internship in circular fish farming explain what they are doing and why.
Martijn Vis (24 years) | Wageningen University & Research | Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management | 3rd year | June - October 2021
'I am enthusiastic about my internship because I see that circular fish farming can contribute to the sustainability of global food production, in this case of fish. This is urgently needed, given the global decline in fish stocks. My research focused on the nitrogen and phosphate cycles during the growth of turbot and cod in a closed system. In this system, the waste products from the cultured fish are captured by seaweeds, single-cell algae and crustaceans. I experienced this internship as a great way to really contribute to this innovation. Apart from learning a lot, I was able to discover where my own strengths lie. This has given me more insight into the kind of work I would like to do.'
Jessie Boutestein (21 years) | Hogeschool Rotterdam | Biology and Medical Laboratory Research | 4th year | August 2021 - June 2022
'The nice thing about this internship is that we don't have all the resources at our disposal like in an established company. So you learn to deal consciously with the available materials and think about reuse. I really like the concept of developing circular fish farming, because it is sustainable. And the motto '1 fish on your plate, 1 fish in the sea' appeals to me. I am not against fishing per se, but I would like my grandchildren to be able to enjoy healthy fish from the sea. During my internship, I am working on optimising the culture medium for single-cell algae - the basis for circular fish farming - so that this can be done as efficiently as possible.'
Menno Bas (22 years) | University of Utrecht | Bio Inspired Innovation | 1st year MSc | November 2021 - July 2022
'This internship fits in perfectly with my Master's study: creating innovations, inspired by nature and realised by science. When I started specialising in marine research during my biology studies, I discovered my passion for the oceans. So it was great that I found an internship in that direction. My research is about the water movement in Blue Linked's innovative culture systems. How can this be done in the most efficient way, without damaging the plankton and fish larvae due to turbulence? In my approach, I combine theoretical and empirical research and look for solutions to this problem in nature. With this study I want to contribute to the transition to sustainable marine aquaculture.'
Maria Madalena Pena (21 years) | Utrecht University | Bio Inspired Innovation | 1st year MSc | November 2021 - August 2022
'Personally, I am very grateful to be working with this team. Together we are working to make aquaculture more sustainable and the oceans healthier. During my research I study, among other things, the activity of bacterial communities in the seabed and their influence on water quality. With this knowledge we can get a good grip on the operation of the breeding system. I get plenty of room to acquire skills that are crucial for a career in aquaculture. The main reason why I chose this internship is the social and ecological impact. I see circular fish farming as a revolutionary development. And I would really like to be part of that.'
Tim van der Lienden (25 years) | Wageningen University & Research | Biology | 5th year | October 2020 - June 2021
'An important question in making aquaculture more sustainable is how to feed farmed fish. In current aquaculture, this food comes largely from the sea, and that has to change - but how? During my internship, I have been working on this question, among other issues. I also studied the ecology of fish larvae, how they develop and how they process their food. These are all interrelated aspects. I ended up here via a professor at the university who knows Michaël Laterveer - co-founder of the Oceans at Work Foundation - personally. And I am very happy about that. What is being done here is pure innovation, driven by an unquestionable enthusiasm.'