Funding boost for UK aquaculture

10 Oct 2011
The EFF is helping support the UK aquaculture industry by providing grants to training institutions and helping them generate more commercial income. Photo: Mary Smith/Marine Photobank.

The EFF is helping support the UK aquaculture industry by providing grants to training institutions and helping them generate more commercial income. Photo: Mary Smith/Marine Photobank.

The European Fisheries Fund (EFF) is investing in the UK aquaculture industry by injecting a £245,000 sum into education and training facilities.

The grant is being provided to Sparsholt College in Winchester, a centre of excellence for fishery studies. It will go towards a new modern £490,000 fish hatchery, which will replace the college’s existing 35-year old facility.

Caroline James, Learning Manager for Fishery Studies at Sparsholt College said, "Such a significant grant recognises the importance of ensuring that the next generation looking to pursue a career in this sector do so with the appropriate qualifications acquired in facilities which mirror that of industry.

"Equally important is the on-going professional development of those already working in aquaculture to enable the UK’s fishery industry to successfully and profitably meet the growing demands of a domestic and international market."

The new hatchery is designed to be more energy efficient and will also allow the college to generate commercial income from the production and management of species such as rainbow trout and arctic char.

The facility is due for completion in September 2012.

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