Profession aquaculture husbandry worker

Aquaculture husbandry workers are active in the production of aquatic organisms in land-based on-growing processes. They assist in the process of raising organisms through all stages of their life cycle.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Rope manipulation

    Rope manipulation which relates to knotting and splicing.

  • 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.

Skills

  • 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.

  • Monitor fish health status

    Monitor the health of fish, based on feeding and general behaviour. Interpret environmental parameters and analyse mortalities.

  • Transport fish

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

  • Unload equipment

    Handle safe unloading of equipment in given restrictive conditions.

  • Collect dead fish

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

  • Maintain aquaculture containers

    Clean and disinfect equipment and treatment systems. Drain and clean aquaculture tanks and troughs using brushes, chemicals, and water. Prepare fish holding units to receive fish and change nets. Conduct swimthroughs. Stock fish in holding units. Collect dead fish in holding units.

  • Screen live fish deformities

    Screen for deformities in live fish including larvae

  • Use oxygenation equipment

    Operate different water oxygenation systems according to requirements: surface aerators, paddle wheel aerators, column/cascade aerators, and pure oxygenation systems.

  • Assist with vaccination procedures

    Assist skilled professional with immersions and injection vaccination procedures.

  • Stock fish into holding units

    Stock fish into holding units and maintain good environmental condition within the holding unit.

  • 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.

  • Carry out preparations for fish disease specialist

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

  • Manure aquaculture ponds

    Manure aquaculture ponds

  • Measure water flow

    Measure water flow, water intakes and catchments.

  • Operate fish capture equipment

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

  • 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.

  • Carry out feeding operations

    Carry out manual feeding. Calibrate and operate automatic and computerised feeding systems.

  • Operate biological filtration

    Operate biological filtration in aquaculture facilities.

  • Load equipment

    Handle safe loading of equipment in given restrictive conditions.

  • Operate forklift

    Operate a forklift, a vehicle with a pronged device in front for lifting and carrying heavy loads.

  • Maintain aquaculture water quality

    Maintain water quality in ponds, lagoons and sluices.

  • Collect biological data

    Collect biological specimens, record and summarise biological data for use in technical studies, developing environmental management plans and biological products.

  • Use aquaculture heavy equipment

    Perform manual operations such as manually lift, transfer position and set down a load. Operate lifting gear such as winch, sea crane, telescopic loader, and forklift.

  • Use water disinfection equipment

    Operate water disinfection equipment, using mechanical filtration, biological filtration, UV disinfection and ozonation as needed.

  • Collect fish samples for diagnosis

    Collect fish and shellfish samples for diagnosis by fish diseases specialists.

  • Maintain aquaculture water quality in hatcheries

    Measure flow of water in tanks and natural freshwater bodies. Measure parameters of water quality, such as pH, temperature, oxygen, salinity, CO2, N2, NO2, NH4, turbidity, and chlorophyll.

  • Prepare fish holding units

    Prepare fish holding units to receive fish. Conduct swim throughs.

  • Follow hygienic practices in fishery operations

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

  • Collect growth rate information

    Collect information on growth rate in farm aquatic species.

  • Monitor water quality

    Measure water quality: 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.

  • Maintain aquaculture ponds

    Clean and disinfect equipment and treatment systems. Drain and clean aquaculture ponds using brushes, chemicals, and water. Prepare fish holding units to receive fish and change nets. Conduct swimthroughs. Stock fish in holding units. Collect dead fish in holding units.

  • Measure the impact of specific aquaculture activity

    Identify and measure the biological, physico-chemical impacts of specific aquaculture farm activity on the environment. Carry out all necessary tests, including collection and processing of samples for analysis.

  • 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.

  • Clean aquaculture stock units

    Clean and disinfect equipment and treatment systems, as well as holding units such as tanks.

  • Carry out maintenance of aquaculture equipment

    Maintain aquaculture equipment and identify equipment needs. Carry out routine maintenance and minor repairs as needed.

Optional knowledge and skills

communicate in an outdoor setting work in outdoor conditions use communication devices work in a fishery team operation of transport equipment maintain diving equipment communicate by telephone extinguish fires work in inclement conditions report to the team leader undertake continuous professional development in fishery operations communicate verbal instructions incidents and accidents recording monitor fish mortality rates report harvested fish production report pollution incidents communicate in english at a competent user level

Common job titles

  • Fish farm worker
  • Oyster farm worker
  • Aqs manager/stem coordinator
  • Dive program manager