Profession aquaculture cage mooring worker

Aquaculture cage mooring workers operate highly-specialised equipment in order to moor cages in stable stations, drifting cages or even self-propelled and semi-submerged cages. 

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System

    The internationally agreed-upon set of safety procedures, types of equipment and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft.

  • Health and safety regulations

    Necessary health, safety, hygiene and environmental standards and legislation rules in the sector of particular activity.

  • Health and safety measures in transportation

    The body of rules, procedures and regulations related to health and safety measures intended to prevent accidents or incidents in transportation.

  • Rope manipulation

    Rope manipulation which relates to knotting and splicing.

  • Health and safety in the workplace

    The body of rules, procdeures and regulations related to safety, health and welfare of people in their workplace. 

Skills

  • Collect fish samples for diagnosis

    Collect fish and shellfish samples for diagnosis by fish diseases specialists.

  • Have a high level of safety awareness

    Ensure high levels of safety awareness; use personal protection equipment; communicate with staff members and provide advice on health and safety issues.

  • Conduct on board safety inspections

    Conduct on board safety inspections; identify and remove potential threats to the physical integrity of the ship crew.

  • Maintain nets

    Perform cage net changing and bird net repairing.

  • Perform lookout duties during maritime operations

    Maintain a watch during maritime operations, in order to anticipate events and potential hazards.

  • Clean the cage

    Efficiently clean the cage and perform dead fish removal from surface.

  • Prepare fish harvesting equipment

    Prepare fish harvesting equipment and facilities for the efficient slaughter of the fish and subsequent storage.

  • Transfer fish

    Transfer fully grown fish to a body of water, using a tank truck.

  • Carry out fish transportation

    Can manually lift, transfer, position and set down a load, using lifting gears such as forklifts, winches, sea cranes and others. Can operate equipment used in the transportation of fish, shellfish, crustaceans and others, such as trucks, tractors, trailers, conveyers, etc.

  • Collect aquatic resources

    Collects spat and seaweed, as well as shellfish or any other aquatic animal (i.e. crustacean and echinoderms) or vegetable resource. Uses the appropriate equipment depending on the species.

  • Use water navigation devices

    Utilise water navigation devices, e.g. compass or sextant, or navigational aids such as lighthouses or buoys, radar, satellite, and computer systems, in order to navigate vessels on waterways. Work with recent charts/maps, notices, and publications in order to determine the precise position of a vessel.

  • Collect growth rate information

    Collect information on growth rate in farm aquatic species.

  • Keep time accurately

    Measure the passage of time, often with the assistance of a clock or stopwatch.

  • Conduct water navigation

    Ensure that a vessel carries up to date and adequate charts and appropriate nautical documents. Lead the process of preparing the voyage report, the vessel passage plan, daily position reports, and the pilot's information sheet.

  • Use aquaculture heavy equipment

    Perform manual operations such as manually lift, transfer position and set down a load. Operate lifting gear such as winch, sea crane, telescopic loader, and forklift.

  • Maintain aquaculture cage equipment

    Maintain and clean floats and mooring ropes in cages.

  • Prepare fish treatment facilities

    Prepare fish treatment facilities to effectively isolate contaminated fish during treatment. Control the application of treatments to avoid contaminating other stock, containers and the wider environment.

  • Operate small craft

    Operate small craft used for transport and feeding.

  • Collect dead fish

    Collect dead fish in tanks, ponds, lagoons, cages.

  • Communicate using the global maritime distress and safety system

    Send an alert in case of distress, using any of the various GMDSS radio systems such that the alert has a very high probability of being received by either shore rescue authorities and/or other vessels in the area.

  • Assist cage net changing

    Assist in cage net changing and bird net repairing.

  • Make time-critical decisions

    Pursue optimal time-critical decision making within the organisation.

  • Follow procedures in the event of an alarm

    Follow safety procedures in the event of an alarm; act according to company instructions and procedures.

  • Handle fish harvesting waste

    Dispose of waste, blood and inferior quality fish according to site waste management procedures.

  • Maritime metereology

    Interpret meteorological information to ensure the safety of the ship

  • Prepare fish holding units

    Prepare fish holding units to receive fish. Conduct swim throughs.

  • Assess cage water quality

    Carry out daily assessment of water quality parameters inside the cages such as temperature, oxygen, salinity, pH, N2, NO2,NH4, CO2, turbidity, chlorophyll. Monitor microbiological water quality.

  • Operate emergency equipment

    Utilise emergency equipment and tools such as fire extinguishers, wheel chocks, pocket lamps, and warning signs.

  • Prepare for small craft operation

    Prepare for personnel operation of small craft, both with licence and without licence.

  • Manage cage nets

    Execute cleaning, drying and storage of removed cage nets.

  • Monitor feeding behaviour

    Monitor feeding behaviour of farm animals. Collect information on the growth of the animals, and forecast future growth. Monitor and assess biomass taking mortality into account.

  • Swim

    Move through water by means of the limbs.

  • Collect biological data

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

  • Collect live fish

    ​Gather fish using techniques which minimise the stress caused to fish and avoid fish escapes occurring.

  • Stock fish into holding units

    Stock fish into holding units and maintain good environmental condition within the holding unit.

  • Prepare fishing equipment

    Dispose fishing gear and ship's deck for successful extraction activities. Coordinate the crew in this operation.

Optional knowledge and skills

fish grading perform diving interventions work as a team fish welfare regulations fish anatomy identify support mechanisms to develop your professional practice manage spat collection equipment undertake continuous professional development in fishery operations harvest aquatic resources manage personal professional development identify common aquatic species diseases check diving equipment fish biology maintain diving equipment perform fish grading operations fish identification and classification monitor treated fish work in a fishery team apply fish treatments report to the team leader