Profession aquaculture biologist

Aquaculture biologists apply knowledge gained from research about aquatic animals and plant life and their interactions with each other and the environment, in order to improve aquaculture production, prevent animal health and environmental problems and to provide solutions if necessary.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Investigative / Artistic
  • Investigative / Social

Knowledge

  • Fish anatomy

    The study of the form or morphology of fish species.

  • Applied zoology

    The science of applying animal anatomy, physiology, ecology, and behaviour in a particular practical context.

  • Biotechnology in aquaculture

    Biotechnology and polymerase chain reactions for studies in sustainable aquaculture production methods.

  • Laboratory techniques

    Techniques applied in the different fields of natural science in order to obtain experimental data such as gravimetric analysis, gas chromatography, electronic or thermic methods.

  • Botany

    The taxonomy or classification of plant life, phylogeny and evolution, anatomy and morphology, and physiology.

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

  • Virology

    The structure, characteristics, evolution and interactions of viruses and the diseases they cause.

  • Fish biology

    The study of fish, shellfish or crustacean organisms, categorized into many specialised fields that cover their morphology, physiology, anatomy, behaviour, origins and distribution.

  • Molecular biology

    The interactions between the various systems of a cell, the interactions between the different types of genetic material and how these interactions are regulated.

  • Microbiology-bacteriology

    Microbiology-Bacteriology is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Ecology

    The study of how organisms interact and their relation to the ambient environment.

  • Aquatic species

    The collection and care of aquatic biological specimens, i.e., fish, mollusc and crustaceans as appropriate.

  • Pollution prevention

    The processes used to prevent pollution: precautions to pollution of the environment, procedures to counter pollution and associated equipment, and possible measures to protect the environment.

  • Biology

    Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.

  • Biosecurity

    Be aware of the general principles of the concept of bio-security and in particular, the disease prevention rules to be implemented in case of epidemics endangering public health.

Skills

  • Conduct research on fauna

    Collect and analyse data about animal life in order to discover the basic aspects such as origin, anatomy, and function.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Conduct research on flora

    Collect and analyse data about plants in order to discover their basic aspects such as origin, anatomy, and function.

  • Use specialised equipment

    Use specialised equipment such as electron microscope, telemetry, digital imaging analysis, global positioning systems, and computer modelling in studies and analyses of production methodology.

  • Analyse work-related written reports

    Read and comprehend job-related reports, analyse the content of reports and apply findings to daily work operations.

  • Perform field research

    Participate in field research and evaluation of state and private lands and waters.

  • Develop aquaculture strategies

    Cultivate strategies for aquaculture plans based on reports and research in order to deal with specific fish farm issues. Plan and organise work activities in order to improve aquaculture production and tackle further problems.

  • Conserve natural resources

    Protect waters and natural resources and coordinate actions. Work with environmental agencies and resource management personnel.

  • Implement scientific decision making in healthcare

    Implement scientific findings for evidence-based practice, integrating research evidence into decision making by forming a focused clinical question in response to a recognised information need, searching for the most appropriate evidence to meet that need, critically appraising the retrieved evidence, incorporating the evidence into a strategy for action, and evaluating the effects of any decisions and actions taken.

  • Send biological samples to laboratory

    Forward collected biological samples to the concerned laboratory, following strict procedures related to the labeling and tracking of the information on the samples.

  • Collect biological data

    Collect biological specimens, record and summarise biological data for use in technical studies, developing environmental management plans and biological products.

  • Keep task records

    Organise and classify records of prepared reports and correspondence related to the performed work and progress records of tasks.

  • Control aquatic production environment

    Assess the impact of biological conditions such as algae and fouling organisms by managing water intakes, catchments and oxygen use.

  • Conduct fish populations studies

    Study captive fish populations to determine survival, growth, and migration.

  • Perform laboratory tests

    Carry out tests in a laboratory to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific research and product testing.

  • Monitor water quality

    Measure water quality: temperature, oxygen, salinity, pH, N2, NO2,NH4, CO2, turbidity, chlorophyll. Monitor microbiological water quality.

  • Carry out fish disease prevention measures

    Carry out disease prevention measures for fish, molluscs, and crustaceans for land-based and water-based aquaculture facilities.

  • Inspect fish stock

    Collect and examine fish to evaluate the health of fish stock.

  • Apply scientific methods

    Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.

  • Gather experimental data

    Collect data resulting from the application of scientific methods such as test methods, experimental design or measurements.

  • Conduct fish mortality studies

    Collect fish mortality data. Identify causes of mortality and provide solutions .

  • Follow safety precautions in fishery operations

    Comply with policies and institutional regulations to guarantee a safe workplace for employees in fishery and aquaculture operations. Deal with potential risks and dangers by taking appropriate safety measures.

Optional knowledge and skills

assessment of risks and threats prepare fish treatment facilities conduct ecological research maintain relationships with animal welfare establishments assess environmental impact in aquaculture operations monitor treated fish advise on animal welfare develop management plans fish identification and classification communicate by telephone fish welfare regulations communicate in an outdoor setting preserve fish samples for diagnosis ensure animal welfare in slaughtering practices administer treatments to fish report analysis results collect fish samples for diagnosis diagnose aquatic animals disease symptoms seek innovation in current practices assess fish health condition develop management plans to reduce risks in aquaculture prepare fish treatment plan animal welfare legislation screen live fish deformities provide on-site training in aquaculture facilities pollution legislation provide advice to hatcheries deliver online training discuss research proposals identify risks in aquaculture facilities apply risk management processes create training materials communicate technicalities with clients adapt communication style according to recipient carry out internet research report pollution incidents prepare visual data use different communication channels analyse fish samples for diagnosis coordinate operational activities communicate specialised veterinary information communicate verbal instructions speak different languages write work-related reports develop aquaculture breeding strategies write routine reports correctly handle the disposal of chemicals communicate in english in a competent way maintain aquaculture treatment records write research proposals interview parties in relation to animal welfare investigations monitor fish mortality rates inspect animal welfare management develop fish health and welfare management plans control fish diseases