About Us

The NAFC Marine Centre is an educational and scientific institute, located in Shetland.

The Centre provides a range of services relevant to the maritime industries, including: training and education; research and development; and consultancy and advisory services. The Centre is operated by a charitable trust (the Shetland Fisheries Training Centre Trust) and employs about 40 people.

Training and Education

NAFC offers a variety of training courses relevant to the maritime industries (including the merchant navy, fishing and aquaculture), shore-based engineering, and recreational sailors. Maritime courses range from the three-year Merchant Navy Cadet Programme to short courses and cover both 'deck' (navigation etc) and marine engineering topics, as well as other subjects required by seafarers.

See Courses that we offer.

Research and Development

NAFC carries out a range of applied research and development projects in subjects relevant to the fishing and aquaculture industries, marine spatial planning and the marine environment in general. These include the assessment of shellfish stocks and the provision of fisheries management advice to the Shetland Shellfish Management Organisation, and the preparation of the Shetland Islands Marine Spatial Plan and associated guidance.

See more details of our Research and Development programme.

Consultancy and Advisory Services

NAFC can provide a range of research, marine survey, and advisory and other services relevant to its areas of work on a contract or consultancy basis.

NAFC Strategic Plan

NAFC Strategic Plan for 2017 to 2019.