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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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • 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 anatomy

    The study of the form or morphology of fish species.

  • Licences regulation

    The requirements and rules that must be compliant for a permit or licence.

  • Fish identification and classification

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

  • Plankton production

    The methods, characteristics and equipment used to cultivate phytoplankton, microalgae and live prey such as rotifers or Artemia with advanced techniques.

  • Genetic selection programme

    The methods used to plan and carry out a genetic selection programme for selected species of fish, molluscs, crustaceans and others.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sanitation measures for aquaculture hatchery production

    Standards of sanitation and cleanliness essential to effective control of fungi and other parasites under intensive culture conditions.

Skills

  • Develop aquaculture hatchery business plan

    Develop and implement an aquaculture hatchery business plan

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Control aquatic production environment

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Make time-critical decisions

    Pursue optimal time-critical decision making within the organisation.

  • Maintain the production of juveniles at the nursery stage

    Maintain the production of juveniles at the nursery stage using advanced high density production techniques

  • 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.

  • Schedule hatchery supplies

    Schedule hatchery supplies according to priorities.

  • Apply company policies

    Apply the principles and rules that govern the activities and processes of an 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.

  • Supervise aquaculture facilities

    Supervise aquaculture facilities and identify equipment needs. Understand aquaculture equipment drawings, plans, and design principles of different containment systems.

  • 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.

  • Deliver aquatic products to customer specifications

    Deliver aquatic products to customer specifications, with full understanding of customer requirements.

  • Control fish diseases

    Identify the symptoms of fish diseases. Apply appropriate measures to treat or eliminate diagnosed conditions.

  • 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.

  • 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,.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

maintain hatchery records manage a small-to-medium business work in outdoor conditions feed broodstock work in inclement conditions screen live fish deformities work in shifts hatchery design make independent operating decisions communicate in english in a competent way evaluate potential end-user conflicts aquaculture production planning software plan the work of teams and individuals lead a team manage a team plan team building implement scientific decision making in healthcare develop aquaculture strategies