Training Courses from the Institute of Fisheries Management

Estuarine and Marine Fish Identification

May 8th – 10th – FBA River Labs. Wareham, Dorset

This workshop has been run by the IFM for a number of years and features international fish taxonomic leads for the identification of fish species encountered within the estuarine and coastal waters of the UK.

It will provide the opportunity for hands-on fish identification, with delegates supported through a range of skills gained in decades of field monitoring experience.

The course is fully accredited by the Institute of Fisheries Management and participants will be assessed on their taxonomic skills, with successful delegates being awarded the IFM Certificate for Estuarine & Marine Fish Taxonomy.

The course also benefits from the support of Dr Peter Henderson of Pisces Conservation.

The course is being held at the excellent FBA River Labs at East Stoke on the River Frome. The course starts at 12pm on the 8th May for an afternoon of lectures on the process and theory of sampling fish, before two full days of practical fish identification. The course finishes with an ID test to assess your learning over the two days.

Course Costs
–  IFM Member/IFCA Staff/River Trusts £ 370.00
–  Non-Member £ 390.00
–  Student £200 (limited numbers)

For further details please contact Paul Coulson on or to register visit the IFM Website

Electric Fishing Training

April 14th – 15th – Rempstone Village Hall Nr. Loughborough

The course is a good mix of the knowledge needed to safely use the methods coupled with practical demonstrations, first aid and health and safety. We also cover some more advanced techniques for those with some prior experience.

The course utilises both backpack and control box and generator set ups from a number of manufacturers.

Over the two days the course covers the following topics:

  • An introduction to monitoring and the gathering of data
  • An introduction to electric fishing and other sampling methods
  • Electric fishing health & safety, legislation and the basic theory
  • Basic first aid course including CPR
  • An introduction to the electric fishing equipment
  • Additional equipment including personal protective equipment, biosecurity kit etc
  • How to conduct yourself in the field
  • Advance techniques – Hints, tips and other questions
  • Preparation for field work (methodologies)
  • A short exam
  • Field survey, gear assembly and fish sampling practical

Full details are on the website

Course Costs
–  IFM Member  £ 340.00
–  Non Member  £ 375.00
–  Student £150 (limited numbers)

IFM Certificate Course

Enrolling NOW

This course is a perfect introduction to the field of fisheries management and is the place to start for anyone looking for a change of career, or for someone who just wants to learn about fisheries in general.

The assessments for each unit take the form of open book essays; these are sometimes referred to as time constrained assignments (TCA’s).

There are two sets of assessments each year. The first is in January which assesses the three core modules. The second assessments are in June and you choose to take three papers from the other four modules.

All students enrolling on the course will also receive 1 year’s membership to the IFM; this will entitle them to full member’s benefits including four copies of FISH magazine, newsletters and discounts on other IFM courses, products and events.

We also run an annual Certificate Field Course Weekend which is held in March of each year. This is an opportunity to pick up some practical experience to go with the theory side of the course.

The seven units that we now offer are below:

  1. Water Quality (Core)
  2. Freshwater and Fish Biology (Core)
  3. Fishery Law (Core)
  4. Fish Culture and Husbandry
  5. Enforcement
  6. Angling and Recreation
  7. Fisheries Maintenance, Improvement and Monitoring

The course fees for 2018 are £390

Full details and registration on the IFM website

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