Fish Welfare


1 or 2 day taught course,
or self-study via online distance learning.

NAFC Course Code: AQ36 (1 day), AQ38 (2 days),
AQ36a (self-study).

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This course cover the concepts of fish welfare and the responsibilities of the aquaculture industry to maintain a high standard of fish welfare to meet the fishes' needs, comply with relevant legislation, enhance productivity, and boost consumer confidence.

The course satisfies the training requirements of the RSPCA welfare standards for farmed Atlantic salmon (based on the 'Freedom Food' standards of the Farm Animal Welfare Committee). It also meets the compliance requirements for other certification schemes (including GLOBALG.A.P.) and codes of practice.

The course is aimed at workers in all sectors of the aquaculture industry, including marine and fresh water production, live fish transportation, harvesting and processing.


Entry Requirements

None. No prior knowledge of fish welfare is required.



The course cover a range of topics relevant to the welfare of farmed fish, including:

  • Legislation and codes of practice.
  • Effects on fish welfare of water quality, husbandry, fish handling and harvesting.
  • Disease management and Veterinary Health and Welfare Plans (VHWPs)
  • Sea lice treatments and effects on fish welfare.
  • Effects of fish welfare on product quality.
  • Monitoring and record keeping.

The two-day taught course covers some topics in more detail and includes a practical element.



Taught Course

The Fish Welfare course can be delivered as a 1 or 2 day course at the NAFC Marine Centre, or elsewhere by arrangement. The 2-day course covers some topics in more detail and includes a practical element.

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.

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Taught Courses

Taught courses can also be arranged to suit customers' requirements - please contact the NAFC Marine Centre.

1-day course

2-day course

Self-Study - Online Distance Learning

Online self-study students can start at any time - please contact the NAFC Marine Centre.



  • 1 day - £300
  • 2 day - £450
  • distance learning - £300

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.