Profession aquaculture production manager

Aquaculture production managers plan, direct and coordinate the production of fish, shellfish or other forms of aquatic life such as cash crops, in large-scale aquaculture operations to culture and harvest or for release into fresh, brackish or salt water. 

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Shellfish cultivation systems

    Technical design principles of shellfish cultivation systems, such as longline, Bouchot, tressels, suspended culture, tables, bottom culture.

  • Quality standards applicable to aquaculture products

    Quality schemes, label rouge, ISO systems, HACCP procedures, bio/organic status, traceability labels.

  • Understand fresh water ecosystems

    Understand fresh water ecosystems.

  • 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.

  • Husbandry and harvesting effects on aquatic resources

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

  • Aquaculture production planning software

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

  • Rates of growth assessment

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

  • Fish harvesting methods

    Knowledge of up-to-date fish harvesting methods.

  • Escapee contingency plans

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Design principles of containment systems

    The design elements of different containment systems, such as cages, pens, nets, ponds and tanks.

  • 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.

  • Environmental legislation

    The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.

  • Principles of insurance

    Understand the principles of insurance, including third party liability, stock and facilities.

  • Fish grading

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

Skills

  • Plan the work of teams and individuals

    Plan the work of teams and individuals. Assess the work of teams and individuals. Provide feedback to teams and individuals on work carried out. Support and mentor individuals and teams. Prepare work instructions for new tasks.

  • Deliver aquatic products to customer specifications

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

  • Control aquatic production environment

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

  • Perform project management

    Manage and plan various resources, such as human resources, budget, deadline, results, and quality necessary for a specific project, and monitor the project's progress in order to achieve a specific goal within a set time and budget.

  • 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 aquaculture facilities

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

  • Compare production forecasts with actual results

    Compare production forecats with actual results. Analyse deviations. Compare financial forecasts with actual results and analyse deviations.

  • Apply company policies

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

  • 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.

  • Manage a small-to-medium business

    Manage the organisational, financial and day-to-day operation of a small-to-medium enterprise.

  • Develop stock health programmes

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

  • 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,.

  • 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.

  • Monitor growth rates of cultivated fish species

    Monitor and assess growth rates and biomass of cultivated fish species, taking mortalities into account. Calculate and forecast growth rates. Monitor and assess mortalities.

  • Control fish diseases

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

  • Supervise waste disposal

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

  • Implement contingency plans for escapees

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

  • Monitor the farm environmental management plan

    Identify environmental designations and directives that relate to a given farm and incorporate their requirements in to the farm planning process. Monitor the implementation of the farm environmental management plan and review timescales.

  • 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.

  • Supervise waste water treatments

    Supervise waste water treatment according to environmental regulations.

  • Monitor the use of resources in production

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

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

communicate in english in a competent way provide technical documentation perform water treatments marketing principles make independent operating decisions work in outdoor conditions work in shifts plankton production use different communication channels work in inclement conditions organise staff assessment develop food safety programmes assess site production potential organise sale of live products develop aquaculture strategies prepare documentation for international shipping implement scientific decision making in healthcare draw up marketing and sales plan collaborate with animal related professionals solve operational transport problems fish anatomy develop aquaculture breeding strategies perform market research traceability in food industry set up documentation control system