Profession aquaculture harvesting worker

Aquaculture harvesting workers work in the harvesting of those aquatic organisms cultured in land-based on-growing processes.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Enterprising

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.

  • Rope manipulation

    Rope manipulation which relates to knotting and splicing.

Skills

  • Prepare aquatic animals for harvesting

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

  • Handle fish harvesting waste

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

  • Handle harvested fish

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

  • Collect dead fish

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

  • Carry out humane harvesting practices

    Carry out humane harvesting and slaughtering practices

  • Monitor fish mortality rates

    Monitor fish mortalities and assess possible causes.

  • Set up fish harvesting equipment

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

  • 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.

  • Follow hygienic practices in fishery operations

    Comply with the right regulations and practices for hygienically handling fishery related tasks and responsibilities in fishery operations.

  • Carry out preparations for fish disease specialist

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

  • Transport fish

    Transport live and harvested fish, molluscs, crustaceans from farm to client.

  • Measure water quality parameters

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

  • Identity aquaculture species

    Identity major European farmed fish, shellfish and crustacean species.

  • Operate fish capture equipment

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

  • Screen live fish deformities

    Screen for deformities in live fish including larvae

  • Maintain fish harvesting equipment

    Clean and store fish harvesting equipment after use.

  • Measure water flow

    Measure water flow, water intakes and catchments.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Work in shifts

    Work in rotating shifts, where the goal is to keep a service or production line running around the clock and each day of the week.

Optional knowledge and skills

fish identification and classification swim communicate in english in a competent way report to the team leader work in inclement conditions use communication devices operation of transport equipment work in outdoor conditions monitor feeding behaviour fish harvesting methods communicate by telephone prepare for small craft operation communicate verbal instructions undertake continuous professional development in fishery operations operate small craft work as a team implement fin fish feeding regimes