Profession aquaculture hatchery manager
Aquaculture hatchery managers plan, direct, and coordinate the production in large-scale aquaculture operations to breed fish and shellfish, developing aquaculture breeding strategies using various types of spawning techniques. They control the reproduction and the early life cycle stages of cultured species. They supervise incubation, early feeding and rearing techniques of the cultured species.
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- Realistic / Investigative
- Plankton production
The methods, characteristics and equipment used to cultivate phytoplankton, microalgae and live prey such as rotifers or Artemia with advanced techniques.
- Animal welfare legislation
The legal boundaries, codes of professional conduct, national and EU regulatory frameworks and legal procedures of working with animals and living organisms, ensuring their welfare and health.
- Fish identification and classification
The procedures and practices followed in the identification and classification of fish, aquatic plants and insects.
- Aquaculture reproduction
The techniques used to induce spawning, spawning on nests, stripping using appropriate techniques for specific species of fish, molluscs, crustaceans and others. The environmental control of spawning, the use of hormones to induce reproduction and the broodstock recruitment by genetic selection.
- Fish anatomy
The study of the form or morphology of fish species.
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 biology
The study of fish, shellfish or crustacean organisms, categorized into many specialised fields that cover their morphology, physiology, anatomy, behaviour, origins and distribution.
- Sanitation measures for aquaculture hatchery production
Standards of sanitation and cleanliness essential to effective control of fungi and other parasites under intensive culture conditions.
- Licences regulation
The requirements and rules that must be compliant for a permit or licence.
- Genetic selection programme
The methods used to plan and carry out a genetic selection programme for selected species of fish, molluscs, crustaceans and others.
- Make time-critical decisions
Pursue optimal time-critical decision making within the organisation.
- Induce spawning of cultured aquaculture species
Induce spawning using appropriate techniques for specific cultured species of fish, molluscs, crustaceans or others. Determine sexual maturity of broodstock, using appropriate techniques as indicated for cultured species of fish, molluscs and crustaceans. Control broodstock sexual cycle. Use hormones to induce reproduction.
- Inspect aquaculture equipment
Inspect aquaculture harvesting tools and machinery to ensure that they work properly. Monitor production machinery and equipment to detect problems. Identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Schedule hatchery supplies
Schedule hatchery supplies according to priorities.
- Develop aquaculture hatchery business plan
Develop and implement an aquaculture hatchery business plan
- Apply company policies
Apply the principles and rules that govern the activities and processes of an organisation.
- Write work-related reports
Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.
- Manage capture broodstock operations
Plan and conduct wild broodstock capture and quarantine wild broodstock if necessary. Monitor the collection of larvae or juveniles from environment. Control the use of appropriate techniques for the specific species i.e. fish, molluscs, crustaceans or others.
- Control fish diseases
Identify the symptoms of fish diseases. Apply appropriate measures to treat or eliminate diagnosed conditions.
- Organise labour
Organise, allocate and coordinate members of the team. Organise production programmes and plan the production and sales. Purchase materials and equipment. Manage stocks.
- Ensure aquaculture personnel health and safety
Make sure that health and safety procedures have been established and followed across all aquaculture facilities including cages. Ensure that personnel and general public are instructed and all work activities are carried out according to relevant health and safety regulations.
- Assess environmental impact in aquaculture operations
Measure the environmental impact of a company's aquaculture operations. Take into account factors such as quality of the sea and surface water, fish and sea plant habitats and risks regarding the quality of air, odour and noise.
- Deliver aquatic products to customer specifications
Deliver aquatic products to customer specifications, with full understanding of customer requirements.
- Provide on-site training in aquaculture facilities
Provide on-site training in aquaculture facilities, through instruction and demonstration of skills. Provide, implement and supervise a training development plan,.
- Supervise aquaculture facilities
Supervise aquaculture facilities and identify equipment needs. Understand aquaculture equipment drawings, plans, and design principles of different containment systems.
- Assess feeding behaviour of larvae
Monitor feeding behaviour in order to decide on suitability of feed composition, weaning larvae from live prey to dry feed or pellets.
- Manage aquatic resources stock production
Set up a farm stock production spreadsheet and feed budget (feeding, growth, biomass, mortality, FCR, harvesting). Monitor and maintain stock production.
- Maintain the production of juveniles at the nursery stage
Maintain the production of juveniles at the nursery stage using advanced high density production techniques
- Develop management plans to reduce risks in aquaculture
Develop a management plan to reduce the risks from pests, predators and diseases. Supervise implementation of plan, especially disease prevention measures, throughout the aquaculture facility.
- Enforce sanitation procedures
Ensure standards of sanitation and cleanliness essential to effective control of fungi and other parasites under intensive culture conditions. Obtain uncontaminated fish and eggs by strict sanitary procedures and avoidance of carrier fish. Supervise the isolation and identification of the agent with specific immune antiserum.
- Plan aquatic resources feeding regimes
Make the approapriate operations to ensure aquatic resources for feeding regimes, taking into consideration farming constraints:set up fish feeding regimes, check animal feeding behaviour and operate computerised feed systems.
- Control aquatic production environment
Assess the impact of biological conditions such as algae and fouling organisms by managing water intakes, catchments and oxygen use.
Optional knowledge and skillsmaintain hatchery records make independent operating decisions work in outdoor conditions manage a small-to-medium business work in shifts evaluate potential end-user conflicts work in inclement conditions plan team building hatchery design screen live fish deformities plan the work of teams and individuals implement scientific decision making in healthcare aquaculture production planning software lead a team feed broodstock communicate in english at a competent user level develop aquaculture strategies manage a team
Common job titles
- Fish hatchery supervisor
- Finish aquaculture / hatchery manager
- Fish and wildlife manager 1 (round butte hatchery manager)
- Permanent fish biologist 3 * 05645-17
- Veterinarian - fish health
- Engineering manager/project manager
- Fish and wildlife technician senior (elk river senior hatchery technician)
- Program manager - fish management and aquaculture science
- Aquaculture/fisheries engineer