Profession aquaculture harvesting technician

Aquaculture harvesting technicians operate the harvesting process of aquatic organisms' production, managing the complex equipment and machinery used in the harvesting of specific cultured species.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Fighting fires at aquaculture facilities

    The methods and equipment required to extinguisht fires occured in aquaculture settings.

  • Fire-fighting systems

    The devices and systems used to extinguish fires; the classes and chemistry of fire.

  • Fish welfare regulations

    The set of rules that apply in fish harvesting methods which ensure fish well-being.

  • 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.

  • Fish harvesting methods

    Knowledge of up-to-date fish harvesting methods.

  • 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.

  • Fish identification and classification

    The procedures and practices followed in the identification and classification of fish, aquatic plants and insects.

Skills

  • Operate fish capture equipment

    Operate fish capture equipment, for grading, sampling or harvesting purposes.

  • Prepare for small craft operation

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

  • Control aquatic production environment

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

  • Observe abnormal fish behaviour

    Observe, describe and monitor abnormal fish behaviour in respect of feeding, swimming, surfacing.

  • Operate small craft

    Operate small craft used for transport and feeding.

  • Apply fish treatments

    Apply prescribed fish treatments under supervision, including assistance with vaccination immersion and injection procedures.

  • Monitor treated fish

    Monitor treated fish to evaluate the effect of treatments.

  • Identity aquaculture species

    Identity major European farmed fish, shellfish and crustacean species.

  • Prepare health documentation

    Prepare health documents for the despatch of fish, molluscs, crustaceans or others.

  • Ensure compliance with aquaculture standards

    Ensure that operations comply with standards for sustainable aquaculture.

  • 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.

  • Apply fish harvest methods

    Apply fish harvest methods effectively and in a manner which minimises the stress caused to fish. Slaughter the fish in a humane manner.

  • Monitor fish mortality rates

    Monitor fish mortalities and assess possible causes.

  • 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.

  • Report harvested fish production

    Observe and report fish harvest and variations from expected harvest quota.

  • Estimate harvest costs

    Reasonably estimate harvest equipment needed, provide accurate harvest estimates and work within assigned budgets.

  • Prepare fish harvesting equipment

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

  • Maintain grading equipment

    Set up equipment and areas to effectively grade fish according to requirements. Maintain the equipment in a serviceable condition throughout the grading process. Clean and store the equipment after use.

  • Set up fish harvesting equipment

    Set up fish harvesting equipment for the efficient slaughter of the fish and subsequent storage.

  • Handle fish harvesting waste

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

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Monitor fish health status

    Monitor the health of fish, based on feeding and general behaviour. Interpret environmental parameters and analyse mortalities.

  • Swim

    Move through water by means of the limbs.

  • Harvest aquatic resources

    Grade fish, molluscs, crustaceans manually and using equipment in preparation for harvesting. Harvest shellfish for human consumption. Harvest live fish for live transport. Harvest all species in a humane manner. Handle harvested fish in a manner which maintains flesh quality.

  • Extinguish fires

    Extinguish smaller fires such as electrical fires, oil fires, or propane fires, using the adequate portable fire extinguisher. Extinguish larger fires with water, using jet and spray nozzles. Extinguish fires with foam, powder or other chemical agents. Enter and pass through, with a lifeline but without breathing apparatus, a compartment into which high-expansion foam has been injected. Fight fire in smoke-filled enclosed spaces, wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus. Extinguish a fire in a simulated engine room with heavy smoke. Perform rescue operations in a smoke-filled space, wearing breathing apparatus.

  • Prepare aquatic animals for harvesting

    Grade fish, molluscs, crustaceans manually and using equipment in preparation for harvesting.

  • Monitor live fish collection

    Monitor conditions during gathering of live fish, including stress in the fish.

  • Perform fish grading operations

    Gather live fish using techniques which minimise the stress caused to fish and avoid fish escapes occurring. Grade them manually or using equipment. Report on the grading operation, ensuring compliance with specifications.

  • Collect dead fish

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

  • Handle harvested fish

    Handle harvested fish in a manner which maintains flesh quality. Effectively store fish in chilled storage.

  • Carry out fish disease prevention measures

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

  • Carry out preparations for fish disease specialist

    Prepare environment and equipment for fish disease specialist treatments, including vaccination treatments.

  • Maintain fish harvesting equipment

    Clean and store fish harvesting equipment after use.

Optional knowledge and skills

lead a team fish anatomy incidents and accidents recording calculate aquatic resources growth rate communicate with customers work in inclement conditions use communication devices speak different languages ensure aquaculture personnel health and safety carry out fish transportation communicate in an outdoor setting communicate verbal instructions screen live fish deformities work in outdoor conditions communicate in english at a competent user level monitor growth rates of cultivated fish species collect growth rate information maintain internal communication systems communicate by telephone plan the work of teams and individuals

Common job titles

  • Fish farm technician
  • Fish farm technician - wa
  • Research technician
  • Aquaculture technician