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

  • 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.

  • 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 identification and classification

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

  • 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.

Skills

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Prepare aquatic animals for harvesting

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

  • Identity aquaculture species

    Identity major European farmed fish, shellfish and crustacean species.

  • Monitor fish mortality rates

    Monitor fish mortalities and assess possible causes.

  • Operate fish capture equipment

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

  • Maintain fish harvesting equipment

    Clean and store fish harvesting equipment after use.

  • Prepare for small craft operation

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

  • Operate small craft

    Operate small craft used for transport and feeding.

  • Observe abnormal fish behaviour

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

  • Swim

    Move through water by means of the limbs.

  • Monitor live fish collection

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

  • Prepare health documentation

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

  • 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.

  • Monitor fish health status

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

  • Set up fish harvesting equipment

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

  • Apply fish treatments

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

  • 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.

  • Report harvested fish production

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

  • 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.

  • Handle harvested fish

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

  • Handle fish harvesting waste

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

  • Carry out preparations for fish disease specialist

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

  • Collect dead fish

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

  • Ensure compliance with aquaculture standards

    Ensure that operations comply with standards for sustainable aquaculture.

  • Carry out fish disease prevention measures

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

  • Monitor treated fish

    Monitor treated fish to evaluate the effect of treatments.

  • 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.

  • Control aquatic production environment

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

  • Prepare fish harvesting equipment

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

  • 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.

  • Estimate harvest costs

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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