Fish Farm Containment - Introduction


1/2 day taught course OR self-study via distance learning.

NAFC Course Code: AQ62 (taught), QF62a (self-study)

Fish farm



This half-day introductory course covers a wide range of topics relevant to setting up and maintaining aquaculture facilities to prevent the escape of stock, and complying with relevant legislation and other requirements.

It is aimed at entry-level marine and fresh water husbandry and maintenance staff and site managers.

The course is also available for self-study by online distance-learning.


Entry Requirements

None. No prior knowledge of fish farm facilities is required.



The course covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Legislative requirements
  • Causes of fish escapes
  • Cage and net types, designs, weighting, securing
  • Predator netting
  • Inspections
  • Mooring systems and maintenance
  • Statutory record keeping
  • Dealing with losses
  • Health and safety considerations

(The teaching material is generic in nature and intended to give students a general understanding of the above topics, and may not reflect specific procedures or equipment used by individual companies or on specific sites.)

There will be a short written assessment at the end of the course.



Taught Course

This course can be delivered as a half-day taught course at the NAFC Marine Centre, or elsewhere by arrangement.

There is a short written assessment at the end of the course.

Self-Study Online Distance Learning

Alternatively, the course can be completed by self-study through online distance learning using the UHI's ‘Brightspace’ virtual learning environment.

The online course is flexible and can be undertaken as and when is convenient to the student on any computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access. The total required study time is normally about 8 to 10 hours and an online assessment must be completed to receive a course certificate. Online students have 6 months from enrolment to complete the course.

Full instructions for online study are provided at enrolment and online students can contact an NAFC tutor for assistance at any stage of the course.



Taught courses are usually arranged to suit customers' requirements.

Distance learning courses can be started at any time.

Please contact the NAFC Marine Centre.



  • Taught Course: £150
  • Distance Learning: £250

NOTE: For taught course delivery outside Shetland the lecturer's travel and other expenses will be charged in addition to these fees.

(Fees are subject to change without notice.)


Booking / Queries

To book a course please download an application form, or contact NAFC.

If you have any questions or need any more information please contact NAFC.