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

  • 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.

  • Fish welfare regulations

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

Skills

  • 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.

  • Set up fish harvesting equipment

    Set up fish harvesting equipment 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.

  • Collect dead fish

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

  • 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 fish harvesting waste

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

  • Monitor fish mortality rates

    Monitor fish mortalities and assess possible causes.

  • Maintain fish harvesting equipment

    Clean and store fish harvesting equipment after use.

  • Handle harvested fish

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

  • 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.

  • Transport fish

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

  • Carry out preparations for fish disease specialist

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

  • Measure water quality parameters

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

  • Measure water flow

    Measure water flow, water intakes and catchments.

  • Prepare aquatic animals for harvesting

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

  • Carry out humane harvesting practices

    Carry out humane harvesting and slaughtering practices

  • Screen live fish deformities

    Screen for deformities in live fish including larvae

  • Operate fish capture equipment

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

  • Identity aquaculture species

    Identity major European farmed fish, shellfish and crustacean species.

  • Follow hygienic practices in fishery operations

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

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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