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This Topic Page is mostly about bivalve purification training and includes information on other shellfish issues such as scallop shucking.
Bivalve shellfish such as mussels and oysters are required to be purified before they are sold unless they are harvested from Class A Waters. Seafish and the Seafood Training Academy provide information and training to employers and employees involved in the harvesting, purification, handling and trading of bivalve shellfish.
Sources of Information
Shellfish Training Centres - there are two shellfish training centres in the UK. The Scottish Shellfish Training Centre and the Southern Shellfish Training Centre.
Training Courses and qualifications
Training programmes and information on qualifications etc can be found below:
The operations, inspections and HACCP courses are all joint awards between Seafish and REHIS.
FSA Course - 2 day Shellfish Hygiene in Purification Centres - a course for EHOs and others, approved by the Food Standards Agency.
Other Bivalve Issues and Information
Apprenticeship (Bivalves) leaflet - click here.
Apprenticeship Information Pack page.
Standard designs for Purification Systems - click here
Bivalve GMPG Guide from Seafish.
Inspection and approval guide from CEFAS.
Bivalve depuration guide from the FAO
Library Guide for Bivalve Purification Operators - click here.
Misc and general information
Seafish Responsible Sourcing guides - includes Mussels, Scallops,