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New 100% online training course from FishVet Group and Benchmark Knowledge Services on The Health and Welfare of Atlantic Salmon

Shetland college launches containment course

14 September 2017, at 8:30am

An introductory training course covering topics relevant to setting up and maintaining aquaculture facilities to prevent the escape of stock has been launched today by the NAFC.

The course, which can either be delivered over one-day at the NAFC in Shetland, by arrangement in other locations, or completed via a distance learning option, is aimed at entry-level marine and fresh water husbandry and maintenance staff and site managers.


The course covers a variety of topics: including legislative requirements; causes of fish escapes; cage and net types, designs, weighting, securing; predator netting; inspections; mooring systems and maintenance; statutory record keeping; dealing with losses; and health and safety considerations.

Online learning requires students to follow simple instructions provided in an induction booklet and online, and should take about 10 hours to complete. The online course is flexible and students have six months from enrolment to complete the course which can be accessed on any internet enabled device including smartphones, tablets (android and iPad) and computers. Online students are able to contact an NAFC tutor for assistance at any stage of the course.

There will be a short written assessment at the end of the course. A certificate will be issued on successful completion of the course.


The Health and Welfare of Atlantic Salmon course

It is vital that fish farm operatives who are responsible for farmed fish are trained in their health and welfare. This will help to ensure that fish are free from disease and suffering whilst at the same time promote good productivity and comply with legislation.

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