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An introduction to Fisheries Management

This BTEC Land Management course runs over two years covering two separate modules: Sports Fisheries and Fish & the Aquatic Environment.

Angling is a popular and inclusive sport open to anyone to enjoy. Every year, millions of people throughout the UK actively participate in fishing. Anglers not only enjoy the challenge of catching fish but also appreciate natural environment and wildlife.

The course is ideal for the student who enjoys being outdoors and likes practical activities. There will be plenty of practical fishing included to keep students engaged and the opportunity to learn and try out lots of different practical course fishing skills.

The completion of these units will also be useful to any students who may be considering going on to attend Hadlow College when they leave Rowhill School.

Unit 42: Sport Fisheries

QCF level: 1 Credit value: 7

Sport fishing is a growing activity and there is a high demand for quality sport fisheries. The aim of this unit is to give learners the opportunity to increase their practical understanding and to develop the skills required to maintain sport fisheries in a way that meets the need of anglers, fish and conservation aims.

Learners will gain an understanding of the needs of the visiting angler, safety requirements, different types of angling and their suitability for different areas and locations. Encompassing the needs of other recreational users will be considered as well as the importance of appropriate and sensitive habitat management.

This unit concentrates on the routine general maintenance of a sport fishery and the control of aquatic and bankside vegetation. This is a practical unit that allows learners to develop their skills and knowledge around the key areas of fisheries management.

Unit 43: Fish and the Aquatic Environment

Level: 1 Credit value: 7

The aim of this unit is to allow learners to investigate the aquatic environment and develop their knowledge of a range of plants, animals and fish that live in and around water and how they interact with each other.

It is essential for many people working within the land-based industries to have an understanding of water and the fish that live in it. Freshwater habitats are an important part of the environment in the UK, not only as fisheries but also for many other forms of recreation, and they are vital in terms of conservation.

This unit aims to introduce learners to the complexity of the aquatic environment and the multitude of fascinating creatures that live in this environment.

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