Profession aquaculture husbandry manager

Aquaculture husbandry managers specialise in the husbandry of ongrowing aquatic species, especially in the feeding, growth, and stock management processes.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Fish harvesting methods

    Knowledge of up-to-date fish harvesting methods.

  • Incidents and accidents recording

    The methods to report and record incidents and accidents in the workplace.

  • Escapee contingency plans

    The procedures to follow in case there are escapees from cage systems.

  • 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.

  • Rates of growth assessment

    The different methods used to evaluate the growth of most important cultivated species.

  • 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 welfare regulations

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

  • Fish grading

    The method of how fish are graded according to their different characteristics: specification, size, quality and condition.

  • 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.

  • Husbandry and harvesting effects on aquatic resources

    Understand husbandry and harvesting effects on aquatic resources, fish, molluscs and crustaceans.

  • Aquaculture cultivation equipment

    Understand aquaculture cultivation equipment drawings and plans

  • Water currents

    Understand impact of water currents on fish farms, in cages, ponds, lagoons and rivers.

  • Aquaculture production planning software

    The functioning principles and usage of a software dedicated to the planning of aquculture production.

Skills

  • Monitor feeding systems

    Make sure that feeders, feeding system and monitoring instruments are working. Analyse feedback from the instruments.

  • 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.

  • Maintain aquaculture equipment

    Supervise and maintain aquaculture equipment and machinery, such as containment systems, lifting gear, transportation gear, disinfection equipment, heating equipment, oxygenation equipment, electrical equipment, air lift pumps, submersible pumps, live fish pumps, vacuum pumps.

  • Calculate aquatic resources growth rate

    Calculate and forecast growth rates. Monitor and assess growth and biomass taking mortality into account, based on the different methods of growth assessment.

  • 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.

  • Supervise pest and disease control

    Scout for pest damage, order pesticides as needed and within given budget, supervise mixing and application of pesticides, maintain records of pesticide application.

  • Interpret scientific data to assess water quality

    Interpret biological and physico-chemical data to assess water quality.

  • Identify risks in aquaculture facilities

    Identify the hazards and evaluate the risks to health and safety in the workplace.

  • Assess cage water quality

    Carry out daily assessment of water quality parameters inside the cages such as temperature, oxygen, salinity, pH, N2, NO2,NH4, CO2, turbidity, chlorophyll. Monitor microbiological water quality.

  • Ensure cage safety requirements are followed

    Ensure that personnel comply with cage safety requirements.

  • Implement contingency plans for escapees

    Carry out contingency plans for cage escapees. Carry out fish capture escape operations.

  • Collaborate with animal related professionals

    Collaborate with veterinary and other animal related professionals through communication of animal details, case records and summary reports orally or via written or electronic transfer.

  • Monitor the use of resources in production

    Monitor the use of resources in production (e.g. food, oxygen, energy, water, resources etc.)

  • Manage work

    Supervise, instruct and plan work for teams or individual members of the team. Set up time schedules and make sure they are followed.

  • Manage water flows and catchments

    Manage water flows and catchments in ponds, lagoons and sluices.

  • 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.

  • Develop fish health and welfare management plans

    Develop a fish health and welfare management plan which will include risks from diseases, predators, and pests.

  • Handle veterinary emergencies

    Handle unforeseen incidents concerning animals and circumstances which call for urgent action in an appropriate professional manner.

  • Control aquatic production environment

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

  • Develop stock health programmes

    Develop a health and welfare programme for those aquatic resources under cultivation, in consultation with the fish health specialist

  • Ensure compliance with aquaculture standards

    Ensure that operations comply with standards for sustainable aquaculture.

  • Implement fin fish feeding regimes

    Implement daily fin fish feeding regimes to take account of environmental variations. Check feeding regimes are followed through the accurate implementation of feeding procedures. Implement adjustments to feeding regimes to take account of fluctuations in production performance and variations in environmental conditions. Control specialist feeding regimes to support specified production requirements. Investigate changes in feeding behaviour to determine cause and required corrective action.

  • Monitor fish mortality rates

    Monitor fish mortalities and assess possible causes.

  • Supervise waste water treatments

    Supervise waste water treatment according to environmental regulations.

  • 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.

  • Supervise waste disposal

    Supervise disposal of biological waste and chemical waste according to regulations.

Optional knowledge and skills

prepare for small craft operation communicate by telephone communicate in english at a competent user level maintain diving equipment critique the dive with the dive team have computer literacy organise training provide on-site training in aquaculture facilities evaluate training train employees check diving equipment identify training needs use a computer deliver online training communicate verbal instructions operate an emergency communication system perform diving interventions code of conduct for responsible fisheries diving operation requirements speak different languages use communication devices develop outreach training plans operate small craft conduct fish mortality studies

Common job titles

  • Aqs manager/stem coordinator
  • Aquaculture specialist i
  • Veterinarian - fish health
  • Department chair - agriculture & animal sciences
  • Dive program manager
  • Ceed senior aquarist
  • Part-time biologist
  • Senior aquarist
  • Lead aquaculture technician
  • Oyster farm worker