Profession aquaculture rearing technician

Aquaculture rearing technicians operate in aquatic organisms' production. They are specialists in the rearing, weaning and production of juveniles.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • 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.

  • Plankton production

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

  • 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 biology

    The study of fish, shellfish or crustacean organisms, categorized into many specialised fields that cover their morphology, physiology, anatomy, behaviour, origins and distribution.

Skills

  • Preserve fish samples for diagnosis

    Collect and preserve larval, fish and mollusc samples or lesions for diagnosis by fish disease specialists.

  • Carry out hatchery production processes

    Collect naturally spawned fish eggs, eliminate egg adhesiveness, incubate eggs until hatching, hatch and maintain newly born larvae, monitor larvae status, carry out early feeding and rearing techniques of the cultured species.

  • Culture aquaculture hatchery stocks

    Use appropriate implements to collect shellfish spat. Sort wild shellfish spat. Collect naturally spawned fish eggs; eliminate egg adhesiveness and incubate eggs until hatched. Handle fish and shellfish broodstock and feed according to their needs.

  • 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.

  • Use oxygenation equipment

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

  • Cultivate plankton production

    Cultivate phytoplankton and microalgae. Cultivate live prey such as rotifers or Artemia with advanced techniques.

  • Maintain hatchery records

    Carefully maintain hatchery production records and inventory. Maintain accurate hatchery records including the preparation of health documents for the transport of juveniles.

  • Use water disinfection equipment

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

  • 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.

  • Screen live fish deformities

    Screen for deformities in live fish including larvae

  • 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.

  • Use aquacultural heating equipment

    Operate water heating and pump equipment as appropriate such as electrical heaters, heat exchangers, heat pumps, and solar pumps.

  • Condition broodstock

    Incubate eggs until hatching. Assess quality of eggs. Inspect fish eggs. Remove dead, unviable, and off-colour eggs using a suction syringe. Produce eyed eggs. Hatch and maintain new-born larvae.

  • 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.

  • Handle larval weaning process in nursery stage

    Monitor hatchery production. Switch feed from live prey to dry feed. Pregrow cultured species and care for juveniles. Grade young cultured species.

  • Maintain hatchery equipment

    Make minor repairs to hatchery equipment as required.

  • Monitor water quality

    Measure water quality: temperature, oxygen, salinity, pH, N2, NO2,NH4, CO2, turbidity, chlorophyll. Monitor microbiological water quality.

  • Maintain the production of juveniles at the nursery stage

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

  • Monitor fish mortality rates

    Monitor fish mortalities and assess possible causes.

  • 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.

  • Ensure compliance with aquaculture standards

    Ensure that operations comply with standards for sustainable aquaculture.

  • Maintain hatchery facilities

    Make minor repairs to hatchery facilities as required.

  • Carry out fish disease prevention measures

    Carry out disease prevention measures for fish, molluscs, and crustaceans for land-based and water-based aquaculture facilities.

  • Monitor hatchery production

    Monitor and maintain hatchery production, monitoring stocks and movements.

  • Control fish diseases

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

  • Monitor fish health status

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

  • Control aquatic production environment

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

  • 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.

  • Feed broodstock

    Feed broodstock according to nutritional needs. This will initially include live prey such as rotifers and artemia.

Optional knowledge and skills

plan the work of teams and individuals provide on-site training in aquaculture facilities work in inclement conditions work in outdoor conditions create training materials communicate in english at a competent user level plan team building carry out feeding operations supervise the work of staff on different shifts seek innovation in current practices work in shifts operate hatchery recirculation system use communication devices manage staff

Common job titles

  • Fish and wildlife technician senior (elk river senior hatchery technician)
  • Fish farm technician
  • Lead aquaculture technician
  • Veterinarian - fish health