STUDENTS in their final year of fisheries management at Bridgwater College took a trip to the west coast of Ireland to learn about salmon and shellfish farming.

Those studying the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fisheries Management embarked on a week-long trip organised by Iain Turner, programme manager for fish management.

The visit included a trip to the Irish Government’s Marine Institute at Furnace, where the students enjoyed a tour of the facilities, including the fish counters and salmon hatchery.

Iain said: “Providing the students with the chance to visit these farms and experience what it’s like for workers in the industry gives them the edge over other students who have only ever learned the theory of fish farming.

“The students all agreed that the trip was a superb opportunity to enhance their learning.”

The group experienced working on an offshore salmon farm at the Marine Harvest Farm near Clare Island in County Mayo, where they fed the fish, and cleaned and repaired the cages several miles offshore.

The tour finished with a trip to a shellfish farm in Connemara.