Against The Tide

Aine-Lisa Shannon, Ireland

March 2, 2022

I am a science communicator in Ireland where I travel all around the country and teach young students about marine biology and aquaculture in Ireland. Even though we are an island surrounded by seawater, many young people in Ireland know very little about our Irish marine life!

What I love most about my job is teaching children about our beautiful oceans and seeing how enthusiastic and happy they are about marine biology and ocean sustainability when I’ve finished teaching.

I have faced some challenges based on my gender whilst working in this career. Sometimes, I used to work on research vessels before I became a science communicator. A lot of the ships I was on were mainly men who thought I was just a young woman who didn’t know what she was doing. I proved them wrong!

One change I’d like to see in the maritime industry is more women working out at sea and not having to worry about being in danger when working in remote locations. It should be a safe place for both genders.

My advice to other female seafarers is that some people might tell you that you shouldn’t be working in the seafarer industry because you’re a woman and it could be dangerous. Well, they’re wrong. You can do anything you want as long as you put your mind to it.

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