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As a leader in Fishery and Aquatic studies recognised worldwide for our expertise in providing fishery studies training, our on-site facilities and industry links, we have forged unrivalled reputation. This means we can offer the best training for a career working with freshwater fisheries and fish farming, and exotic and ornamental fish.

Sparsholt’s Fishery Studies and Aquatics facilities are also a key resource for research and dissertation projects on-site for our higher education students studying Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Studies at University Centre Sparsholt. Find out more about our undergraduate courses here.


Explore our Fishery and Aquatics facilities below:

  • Aquatic Research and Conservation Centre:

    The ARCC is an incredible teaching facility, and is the only one of its kind in the UK. It has a 650m² purpose-built fish house holding stocks of carp, catfish, tilapia and an extensive range of ornamental species. It features a large indoor koi pool, research areas and up-to-date holding systems, many sponsored by industrial partners.

    The centre offers students opportunities in system management, the husbandry and maintenance of species and through the many capture breeding projects that are preserving endangered species: active conservation.

    Marine habitats have been recreated to replicate a range of ecological systems, from mangroves to reefs, and access to the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Portsmouth provides bespoke teaching and learning facilities in local marine environments for our Higher Education students.

  • Salmonid Rearing and Trials Centre:

    The unique Salmonid and Rearing Trials Centre is designed to undertake important aquaculture research and train fish farmers of the future. The Facility includes a salmonid hatchery and on growing unit, a small lab and fish processing area and a trials unit with 72 identical tanks.

    Supplied by borehole water, the site produces brown trout for restocking local rivers and rainbow trout for the table. It is also a research and development facility used by a number of the largest fish food manufacturers in Britain for food trials. Much of this work is carried out by the students and helps fund a Year 3 European study tour.

  • Sparsholt Fishery & Lake:

    The Sparsholt Fishery is a one-hectare lake, fed by water from the Salmonid Centre, which holds stocks of carp, roach, rudd, bream, crucian carp, tench and perch. It is an important teaching resource and a great recreational facility which is free for fishery studies students.

  • Laboratories:

    All students at Sparsholt College have access to specialist laboratories, enabling them to learn the theoretical and scientific knowledge that underpins each college and degree course. With the help of our expert technicians, students have the opportunity to undertake detailed research and analysis, whatever discipline you study.

    Our campus also boasts a suite of Wet Labs on site, giving students the opportunity to practise dissections where necessary. The labs have been designed, constructed and controlled to allow for safe, hands-on research and analysing.