Report from Fisheries module April 2015

The AFGDP ran it’s first Marine focused module earlier this month. We looked at “Practical fisheries and shell fisheries science”. The course kicked off with an introduction to Marine Ecology for Food and Nutrition Scientists. For the week that was in it, Chocolate Easter eggs were incorporated into this session in a practical demonstration of how over-fishing depletes the oceans. After the introductory session the students (a mix of PhD researchers and Sea Fisheries Protection Agency officers) looked a quality issues and how these effect fish and shellfish. There was some lively discussion in this session between the poachers (students) and game keepers (SFPA)! Following on from the quality session, students were brought through a session on technologies that are employed in Fisheries. From traditional smoking techniques to more high tech packaging trends the students got an insight to the toolkit available to them in this area.
All AFGDP modules aim to include hands on practical experience but the fisheries module was particularly hands on in nature with over half the course being practical in nature. On the second day, we visited the Bord Iascraigh Mara new product development plant in Clonakilty and as well as a tour of the facilities, the students got to see, first hand a product trail with a German visiting company. In a lovely full circle, the facility manager in BIM is one of the AFGDPs first students from 2007 and Aileen Deasy looked after us extremely well. The final day of the course was the piece de resistance, as the students took to the high sea, well not exactly but we did get to spend the day aboard the Irish flagship Marine research vessel the Celtic Voyager. This type of opportunity doesn’t come along every day, and Pauhla Mc Grane and John Boyd from SMART (Smart Sea School) brought the students on a voyage around Cork Harbour. We looked at the sea bed, the ecosystem, the fish and shellfish species that live there. It was an extremely practical day in a rather unique “laboratory”.

Feedback from the course was great and the students who took part really enjoyed it:
Very well run & enjoyable course. Organiser was really helpful. Would definitely encourage others to attend this module as it gives a great insight into many aspects of the fishing industry. BIM NPD visit was really good & informative, saw a lot of behind the scenes in product development and how a product is initially thought of”

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