Aker BioMarine has announced two appointments to its Norway-based QRILL Aqua sales team, hiring Karen Kirstine Østerhus and Maja Bævre-Jensen.
“We are only at the beginning of uncovering the full potential of QRILL Aqua for salmon in Norway and our competent people are key in helping our customers and stakeholders learn more about the health benefits of Antarctic krill,” Sigve Nordrum, EVP Animal Health & Nutrition at Aker BioMarine, said. “Maja and Karen both possess solid aquaculture industry knowledge and a passion for exploring new and future looking solutions for the Norwegian Industry. Strengthening this team is an important part of our increasing involvement with the Aqua Industry in Norway.”
Kirstine Østerhus previously worked at STIM, where she gained experience with bacteriophages, feed and other fish health-related products. In her most recent role, she focused on fish ready to be harvested and collaborated with farmers throughout Norway. Østerhus holds a bachelor’s degree in Aquaculture Management from Nord University and is halfway through a master’s degree in Sustainable Aquaculture from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
“I’m excited for the possibility to contribute to improve fish health and the sustainability of the industry. With a lot of passion for the industry and as a self-proclaimed fish nerd, the opportunity of becoming a part of Aker BioMarine as such an innovative and forward-looking company, is a dream come true,” Østerhus said.
Bævre-Jensen has spent the past five years of her career working with the Norwegian Seafood Research Fund. With two decades of aquaculture experience, she has spent her career exploring new solutions for both Norwegian and global fish farming. Bævre-Jensen holds a master’s degree in Aqua Medicine from the Norwegian Arctic University, with a specialization in sea lice.
“I see Aker BioMarine as a place where everyone is encouraged to bring new ideas to life. I’m a strong believer in the power and potential of QRILL Aqua as an ingredient, and I’m excited to explore and develop new business opportunities in order to help fish farmers reach their goals, alongside this talented team,” Bævre-Jensen said.