A fin-tastic weekend away with the Institute of Fisheries Management

In this week’s blog our colleague and Environmental Analyst, Sarah Williams has shared her recent experience of taking part in the Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) certificate field course weekend.

This annual weekend course is for those working towards the IFM Certificate and is an opportunity to meet others and pick up some practical skills to go alongside the theoretical elements of the course.

Sarah has been telling us more:

A fin-tastic weekend away course with the IFM

The course was run by leaders within the industry: Ian Wellby, Paul Coulson, Emma Keenan and Peter Turner. The first part of each day involved learning about ‘fish theory’, which included topics on Freshwater Biology and Health, Water Quality, Predation Management, Sustainable Fisheries and Habitat Management along with Invertebrates. The course participants were from a range of different professions – from environmental consultants to owners of fisheries – and this made for a diverse and exciting discussion.

To support the teaching, practical sessions were undertaken each day which involved electric fishing, invertebrate sampling, and fish netting. The electric fishing meant we were able to spot and catch hidden fish species within the river including Chub, Stone Loach, Stickleback, Roach and a Toad.

Sarah Williams_Institute of Fisheries Management weekend away

The invertebrates’ samples taken using a kick sampling technique, meant we are now able to determine species indicators for high – low water quality. Finally, we learned about fish netting and how this can be used to corner off one half of a lake to catch fish.

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Our fisheries technical specialists are able to offer a broad range of services that consider and design for fish populations and that dovetail with our broader ecology, hydromorphology and engineering services offering. This includes technical and non-technical fish pass design, hydraulic habitat modelling, fisheries impact assessment and screening design. For more information about our work in Fisheries Services, visit our webpage here.

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