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GLOBAL - TheFishSite has always prided itself on providing cutting edge news and technical information for the aquaculture industry, and this industry knowledge transfer is also offered via its range of Sustainable Aquaculture courses.

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Delivered in partnership with the prestigious University of St Andrews the courses are offered 100% online and are suitable for entry level students and those wanting to study at higher postgraduate level.

More recently, TheFishSite has also been offering webinars to expand their offer of improving knowledge within the aquaculture industry.

So far this year the webinars have covered topics from Sustainability and Fish Welfare to Parasitic Infections in Aquaculture presented by eminent hosts who are experts in their respective fields.

In June, Dr Matt Longshaw presented on Parasitic Infections in Aquaculture. Dr Longshaw is a Product Development Manager for Benchmark Animal Health Ltd (BAHL).

Prior to joining BAHL, he worked as a senior research scientist for over 20 years for the British Government where he headed up the Population Health and Welfare team. With an honours degree in Biological Sciences (Marine and Fish Biology), a Masters in Marine and Fisheries Science and a PhD in Aquatic Parasitology, Dr Longshaw has an excellent knowledge of parasitic infections in wild and farmed aquatic species with a particular interest in diseases of shellfish. He has also published extensively and is an elected fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and of the Royal Society of Biology.

During the webinar Dr Longshaw briefly discussed the history of aquaculture and fish farming before expounding on a range of parasitic groups. Dr Longshaw spoke about the link between parasites and disease, the importance of disease control in aquaculture and the range of diagnostic methods.

The topic of the next webinar will be Parasites in Focus and will continue on from where Dr Longshaw’s webinar left off.

It will be the first in a two part series and will take a closer look at some notable parasitic infections of farmed aquatic organisms. Using named examples, the talk will take a closer look at a variety of protozoan and metazoan parasites on some of the world’s principal farmed fish, crustacean and molluscan species and make comments on their detection, identification, impacts on their host, and strategies for their management and control.

We are pleased to announce that we have Dr Andy Shinn presenting Parasites in Focus.

Dr Shinn has a degree in Biological Sciences (Zoology) and a PhD in Veterinary Aquaculture. He has 26 years’ experience in aquatic parasitology and was former head of Aquatic Parasitology at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling before joining Fish Vet Group Asia Limited.

Whilst at Stirling, he was also Course Director for an MSc distance learning programme, delivered in Bangladesh, and is the co-founder and Overseas Director of the Fish Museum & Biodiversity Center, Mymensingh, Bangladesh.

Andy has authored over 150 published articles, more than 100 of which are in international peer-reviewed scientific journals, and over 200 conference abstracts. He has also supervised over 65 post-graduate research students.

In addition to providing the industry with knowledge the webinars are also an important element of the Sustainable Aquaculture courses which TheFishSite hosts in partnership with the University of St Andrews.

The courses offered range from Undergraduate to Postgraduate and are delivered 100 per cent online, giving students flexibility to study at their own pace and around other commitments.

The Undergraduate Certificate is an ideal course for anyone who does not have a biological degree and covers topics such as; the global aquaculture industry, fish and invertebrate biology and products and markets. The course provides an ideal grounding for starting or furthering your career in the aquaculture industry.

For anyone interested in expanding their aquaculture knowledge there are two study options, the Postgraduate Certificate and the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc.

The Postgraduate Certificate enables students to focus their studies on either vertebrates or invertebrates. This 12 month course is ideal for those wanting to specialise, with elements covered on nutrition, health and disease and biology.

Our Postgraduate Diploma/MSc provides a broad overview of sustainable aquaculture, developing knowledge, understanding of the principles of aquaculture and the diversity of species, value of markets and global trade. For more information on our courses you can visit or contact

The forthcoming webinar on Parasites in Focus: Part One will be held on 29 September at 1pm GMT, to register visit

All past webinar recordings are available to access via