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April 19th, 2024

2024 Newcastle Uni Placement

Congrats to Joesph and Tia for completing their Newcastle University marine biology placement at Whitby Lobster Hatchery this easter!

Exploring Aquaculture: Insights from a Placement at Whitby Lobster Hatchery

Over the past weeks, two students, Tia and Joseph, embarked on an insightful journey at the Whitby Lobster Hatchery, delving into the intricacies of aquaculture. As their placement comes to a close, they reflect on their experiences, growth, and the valuable lessons learned.

Achieving Practical Skills

Tia and Joseph both entered the placement with specific practical skills in mind, eager to gain hands-on experience in maintaining life support systems and understanding the inner workings of the hatchery. Reflecting on their time spent, they express satisfaction in achieving their goals. From cleaning skimmers to conducting water tests, they tackled each task with diligence and emerged confident in their abilities.

"I ended the placement feeling confident in my ability to carry out these fundamental skills," Tia remarks.

Depth and Breadth of Knowledge

One of the most remarkable outcomes of their placement was the depth and breadth of knowledge acquired. Immersed in the world of aquaculture, they gained insights that transcended the boundaries of their academic pursuits. Tia finds herself contemplating a career in aquaculture, a testament to the profound impact of their experience.

"It gave a great taster into the aquaculture industry that put into context what a career in Marine Biology could lead to," Joseph reflects.

Approachability and Support

Throughout their placement, Tia and Joseph found themselves surrounded by a supportive environment. From approachable supervisors like Rio and Joe to the friendly staff and volunteers, they never hesitated to seek guidance or clarification. This nurturing atmosphere fostered their learning and enabled them to thrive.

"All the staff and volunteers were really approachable and friendly," Joseph notes.

Highlights and Challenges

Among the highlights of their placement were the opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations with industry experts, participate in releasing stage 4s, and gain firsthand insights into the operations of the hatchery. However, not without its challenges, Joseph admits that counting lobster eggs proved to be one of the more tedious tasks.

Key Takeaways

As they bid farewell to the hatchery, Tia and Joseph carry with them invaluable lessons to help them progress their studies and future carers in Marine Biology/Aquaculture. They emphasise the importance of water quality and animal welfare, acknowledging the impact of their experiences on their career aspirations.

"How important water quality is and that welfare of the animals is paramount," Tia underscores.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, Tia and Joseph express their gratitude for the enriching experience provided by the Whitby Lobster Hatchery. They commend the meticulous planning of their placement, the wealth of knowledge shared by their supervisors, and the warm hospitality extended by the entire team.

Their journey serves as a testament to the transformative power of experiential learning, igniting passions, and shaping futures. As they depart, they leave behind a lasting impression, eager to apply their newfound knowledge and skills in their academic and professional endeavours.

"To Rio, the staff, and volunteers—thank you for a truly unforgettable experience."

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