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Fisheries department starts renovation of Bourne Hatchery

Posted on 26th August 2016 in

Bourne Hatchery, Hadlow College’s Fisheries Department fish house, is having a large scale overhaul!

Over £100,000 is being invested in the hatchery over this Summer to bring it up to date for our learners. Aquaculture specialist, Dr Mark Rigby ( has designed a specialist African Walking Catfish System for us, so our learners can breed this developing table fish species. This system will feature advanced filtration methods and have an electronic monitoring system, which will also be linked to all brood-stock systems within the hatchery.

A new aquarium room is being built in the entrance to the hatchery and this will house cold and warm water species. The existing aquarium room is being transformed into a thesis room for our BSc Fisheries Management & Aquaculture students. This will hold multi-rack units that can be used for various trials by Fisheries and Animal Management students. Further rack units are being installed around the hatchery to increase the amount of species that can be held and bred.

International aquaculture feed manufacturer, Coppens ( are sponsoring the new development of the hatchery and will be getting involved with our BSc students feed trials, looking at fish nutrition and methods of improving growth rates.

All of this investment is directed towards improving the experience for Hadlow students. Giving them the opportunity to learn in state of the art facilities that will increase their employability skills, knowledge and confidence for their future careers.

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