Fishing for a great career?
If you have a passion for aquatic life, fresh or salt water, you can gain a rewarding career in a wide variety of fishery management roles with our industry driven qualifications.
This training route is a great way to gain the practical skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.
You’ll gain experience working with a range of aquatics, from exploring the types of habitat and species to looking deeper into fish biology, disease and health related best practice.
Our specialist staff have all worked in industry and have key industry links, so you’re in a great position to get a job once you’ve completed your qualification. The nature of this course also offers a great pathway to higher level aquatic- based study, including marine biology.
Current job role: Fishery manager at RH Fisheries
Previous course: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fisheries Management, 2016
“After leaving school, going to sixth form and finding it just wasn’t for me, I knew I needed to focus on my passion for fish. Joining the Reaseheath fish management course was completely the right choice for me. I found the practical sessions, supportive tutors and working with likeminded people really helped prepare me for my current role.
“Straight after I finished my course I was offered a full time position as a Fishery Manager at RH Fisheries, a company I’d worked for part time while studying. I’ve known since the moment I left school that I wanted to be a fisheries manager at some point, but never expected to get the chance to take on such a great role so soon after completing my course.”
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Why study Aquatic Ecosystems and Fisheries Management at Reaseheath?
Visit industry partners including the Environment Agency and train alongside local and national conservation groups and hatchery owners.
Industry work placements will equip you with vital skills and could even take you abroad!
You’ll be taught by our dedicated staff, all of whom have extensive experience across the field and are passionate to share their knowledge.
Small cohort groups will give you a more personalised learning experience and plenty of support as and when you need it.
Off campus, you’ll go on trips to local aquariums, beaches, marine fisheries and study tours across the UK and beyond, meaning you’ll get a well- rounded student experience.
Close contact with the industry will ensure that you are up to date with current trends and practice.
Where could your career take you?
Many of our students go straight onto university to follow a range of interests, including marine biology, freshwater biology and environmental science or into employment once they’ve completed this course.
If you enjoy working outdoors and are interested in the management and care of fish there’s lots of career opportunities for you to explore. Here’s an idea of just some of the roles and sectors you could go in to:
- Fish farmer
- Fisheries officer
- Fish farm technician
- Fishery manager
- River keeper
- Estate management
- Water industry
- Ecology and conservation
- Associated retail trades
- Ornamental fish industry
Our campus and beyond
Our campus is well equipped with a wide range of on-site aquatic bodies and industry recognised equipment that complements the wealth of knowledge the teaching staff provide in the classroom.
We have excellent support from local fisheries and professional anglers, which allows our students to work alongside the best in the field. The college is ideally located in the heart of Cheshire with great links to Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, Birmingham and surrounding areas, perfect for our regular field trips and off-site practical sessions.
Your Reaseheath Experience
Beyond the campus there’s lots of opportunities to get involved in activities and trips to further broaden your college experience, including the chance to go on study tours across the UK and abroad.
A group of aquatic ecosystems and fisheries management students visited Tenerife to assist The Atlantic Whale Foundation (AWF) with their ongoing research into the islands’ dolphin and whale populations (cetaceans). Based at the AWF’s research hub, our students joined a group of global volunteers who are involved in the conservation and protection of this area which is an important natural habitat for cetaceans.
Students gained hands-on experience by assisting researchers to monitor resident populations during whale watching boat trips and joined inland trekking expeditions where surveys were conducted into flora, fauna and other community conservation projects.
Regular sessions working with the Environment Agency give our students a great chance to get to grips with real life consultancy projects and plenty of opportunities to put their problem- solving skills to the test. You will get involved in netting, fish surveys and further broaden your knowledge of fish habitats and the management of fisheries working alongside industry professionals. Trips to local fisheries, aquariums, aquatic shops and guest lectures from experts across the industry, including the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, will further add to your skills and knowledge of aquatics.
You will complete an industry focused work placement during your time as a student. Whether it be working at a fishery, aquatic related business or working to help the environment, you will have the opportunity to really put your skills learnt in the classroom and on campus in to practice. Your placement will be tailored around ensuring you’ll be well equipped for the world of work by the end of your course.
During your course you’ll also have the opportunity to study additional qualifications such as safe use of chainsaws and ATV handling – a fantastic addition to your CV!
“At the Environment Agency, we have been working with students from Reaseheath on a number of projects and work areas. It has been fantastic to see such enthusiasm for the work we do.
“Our aim is to protect, maintain and improve fisheries across the country. If you have a passion for fisheries, biodiversity and ecology it’s a great industry to work in. No two days are the same and the work we do is always varied, you get to work with people who share your passion and want to make a real difference to the environment.”
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