BSc (Hons) Aquaculture and FisheryÂ Management graduate and Fisheries and Conservation Officer
As a mature student coming from the Infantry, Sparsholt provided me with the practical and theoretical knowledge I needed to change direction into the position I hold now. I chose Sparsholt as it was recognised as a good place to study fisheries.
I really enjoyed the practical side of the course as I was able to put the skills that Iâ€™d learn about in the classroom into action. You canâ€™t teach Fisheries in the lecture theatre â€“ you need to be outside to understand the practical side of things. The lecturers were excellent â€“ very knowledgeable and with extensive experience of working in the industry. Sparsholtâ€™s facilities are first rate; everything was there you could wish for and it couldnâ€™t be better.
Iâ€™m now a Fisheries and Conservation Officer; one of fourÂ officers looking after the coast between Rye, in East Sussex, and Chichester. We work under the Marine and Coastal Access Act, managing the UKâ€™s inshore fisheries within sixÂ nautical miles of the coast.Â So my days are varied â€“ either spent at sea boarding fishing vessels to inspect the fish and landing gear to make sure theyâ€™re meeting the minimum landing size, or working on land visiting fishmongers and fish processers to check the fish theyâ€™re selling are legal.
All our work is intelligence based so we do a lot of research – such as working in partnership with Chichester Harbour on an oyster project – and we collect data and undertake surveys to help maintain the biodiversity of the area and safeguard the marine conservation zones.