Exciting Development In Aquaculture Management

The NAFC Marine Centre (formerly the North Atlantic Fisheries College) has launched an innovative, remote-learning course that will allow students from anywhere in the world to obtain a qualification in Aquaculture Management.

Part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, the Shetland-based centre’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course is aimed at those already experienced at working in aquaculture. The flexible, online programme takes about nine months to complete and leads to a diploma-level qualification.

NAFC Marine Centre signpost located in Scalloway, Shetland
NAFC Marine Centre is located in Scalloway, Shetland

Covering everything from farm and hatchery operations to health and safety, the programme is designed to be relevant across global aquaculture systems and practices.

The NAFC’s Head of Aquaculture Training Stuart Fitzsimmons said: “It became apparent to us that there was a lot of interest in aquaculture management training, both within Scotland and beyond.

“However, many peoples’ access to training is limited by geographical and other barriers. Persons who are employed, often in remote areas and perhaps working irregular hours, can find it impossible to access traditional college-based courses. Online delivery is key to overcoming those barriers.”

The NAFC Marine Centre already runs online Fish Welfare and Fish Farm Containment courses and intends to add new online programmes in the near future. Further details can be found here: www.nafc.uhi.ac.uk/aqua