Network Events and Training Courses

For a list of upcoming activities, events and training courses organised through the Seafood Network

    Training programmes:

    We are in discussions with a number of potential providers in Nothern Ireland and plan to offer a range of programmes post launch. Our core programmes will be in bivalve purification, fish quality assessment, fish smoking, filleting, fishmongering etc. Some of these programmes may be partially funded, subject to the availability of funding streams.

    Bivalve Purification Operations

    January 24th, Stormont Hotel, Belfast


    - see this leaflet or email the trainers -

    Advanced Fish Quality Assessment Course - Contact or

    More information course content - click here

    Fish Frying Courses

    All fish frying courses are now available in Northern Ireland - more information.

    Fish Smoking Courses

    If you are interested in a course in Northern Ireland then please contact us so we can form a group and set course dates.

    Old News

    Apprenticeship workshop 18th August 2016 - Southern Regional College ran an apprenticeship workshop for employers.  Click here for details.


    Fish Filleting Courses

    First courses to be delivered in February 2016

    The Seafood Training Network Northern Ireland in partnership with Seafish, Sea Source and Fisheries and Consultant Hal Dawson are running a series of 2-day fish filleting courses in Kilkeel later this month.

    The courses will teach participants knife safety skills as well as basic filleting techniques for a range of species including, mackerel, haddock, flat fish and monkfish. On completion of the course, students will receive an attendance certificate and credit towards an advanced fish filleting qualification.

    Trainer Hal Dawson, who is well-known and respected throughout the fish processing sector on the island of Ireland, will be delivering the course, which is the first one of its kind to be delivered in Northern Ireland for many years.

    Hal said "The average age of manual fish filleters on the island of Ireland is now thought to be approximately 55 and without professional training being put in place, we are going to lose this greatly needed skill. Manual fish filleting produces a top quality product and we hope, through these courses, to introduce the art of manual fish filleting to a younger generation."

    Alan McCulla OBE, CEO of Sea Source commented "a recent uplift in the haddock quota and successful pelagic fisheries around the coast have created renewed interest in filleting prime fish in Kilkeel. Sea Source are leading the way in developing staff training to include fish filleting skills and provide the local and export markets with the best product possible."

    Dr Lynn Gilmore of Seafish Northern Ireland welcomed these courses and said "it is fantastic to see local companies taking the lead in staff training and Seafish, through the Seafood Training Network Northern Ireland are delighted to support this initiative."

    The first two courses, planned to take place from the 29th February to 3rd March have already been fully subscribed by Sea-Source staff, but with interest growing in these hugely important skills for the entire fishing industry, future courses are planned.

    If you are interested in a manual fish filleting course, this can be arranged through the Sea Fish Industry Training Association (SFITA) or Sea Source. Please contact Juanita Emerson of SFITA on 02842771556/ or Lynda Annett of Sea Source on 02841762855/ for further information, availability and costs.