Fishery Studies and Aquatics 


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The industry knows that, if you’re interested in a career working with freshwater fisheries and fish farming, or exotic and ornamental fish, then it’s Sparsholt where you gain the best training. A strong statement, you may think, but just look at what the Fishery Studies section has to offer...

  • the National Aquatics Training Centre - unique in the UK - for work with ornamental fish and warm water aquaculture species such as carp, catfish and tilapia.
  • trout and salmonid hatchery, running commercial feed trials and producing tens of thousands of fish from fertilised eggs for introduction into several British rivers.
  • well-known experts on the staff roster. If you read the fish magazines, you’ll know many of these people already!
  • fishing lake with a surface area of approximately one hectare for practical fishery management training and on-site angling. Plus, amazing access to fisheries, fish farms and ornamental fish facilities across the country.
  • unparalleled contacts with the industry and related organisations in this country and abroad - great for jobs and work experience.
  • uniquely in the UK for this area of study, an ‘Outstanding’ grade from OfSTED and holder of Centre of Vocational Excellence award.
  • links with trials sponsors such as Coppens and Hampshire Carp

Fish holding facilities at the College can be divided into three main areas:

National Aquatics Training Centre

The National Aquatics Training Centre, completed in Spring 2004, remains an exciting development, still without match in the UK.

The building is a 650m² purpose-built fish house holding stocks of carp, catfish, tilapia and a massive range of ornamental species. The building features a large indoor koi pool, research areas and fully up-to-date holding systems, many sponsored by industrial contacts.

Salmonid Rearing and Trials Centre

The newly built £0.5m salmonid rearing and trials centre, completed in October 2012, provides a state of the art facility for rearing cold water species. Supplied by borehole water, the site produces brown trout for restocking and rainbow trout for the table. 

The SRTC also provides a site for a number of commercial trials on fish feed for the largest fish nutrition manufacturers in Britain.

The Sparsholt Fishery

The Sparsholt Fishery is a one-hectare lake, fed by water from the fish hatchery, which holds stocks of carp, roach, rudd, bream, crucian carp and tench. Students fish this lake as part of their courses or, on a day ticket basis, recreationally.


The fisheries department comprises nine full-time members of staff and six part-time members of staff, all of whom have extensive industry experience, whether that be fish farming, carrying out environmental work or writing for fish magazines. Download the Staff Profiles document on the right to find out more.


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