BSc (Hons) Aquaculture and Fishery Management Degree, third year students have recently had a fantastic few days learning and networking at the Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) 50th Anniversary Conference.

Over the three days, our students were able to hear from some fantastic speakers from organisations such as the Environmental Agency, the IFM, Cefas and Sustainable Eel Group to name a few. UCS Students also were able to take part in some very interesting field trips that included a choice of exploring Attenborough Nature Reserve, The Trent Gateway Project or Calverton Fish Farm, the Environment Agency’s National Coarse Fish Rearing Unit.

Although, the highlight of the trip for many of our students was a networking and poster session aboard the Nottingham Princess, along the River Trent. A number of posters were displayed, three of which were from Sparsholt Students Tom Routh, Piran Crago and Macauley Powell.

Tom Routh, was awarded the prize for ‘Best Poster’ for his investigation into the accumulation of microplastics in different riverbed substrates. Whilst Piran Crago, collected the ‘Highly Commended’ second place award for his study on two species of sea lice and its impact on the Hebridean sea trout population. Tom and Piran, came at the top of 27 posters submission from a range of industry and academic institutions – a very prestigious feat that we are incredibly proud of!

George Hide (B.Sc. course tutor) stated: “Visiting the IFM Conference was a fantastic opportunity for the students to increase their knowledge and to make industry contacts. I was particularly delighted that the quality of the research carried out by Sparsholt students was recognised at the conference.”

Congratulations again to Tom, Piran and Macauley on their excellent work!