Profession aquaculture recirculation technician

Aquaculture recirculation technicians operate and control the production processes of aquatic organisms in land-based recirculation systems, which utilise water re-use processes and the operation of pumping, aerating, heating, lighting and biofilter equipment as well as backup power systems.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Fish welfare regulations

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

  • 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.

  • Recirculation systems

    The characteristics and functioning of complex circulation, aeration and biofilter 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.

  • Aquatic resources biosecurity

    The principles underlying the concept of biosecurity in relation to the cultivation of aquatic resources as cash crops.

  • Assessment of risks and threats

    The security documentation and any security-related communications and information.

  • Water reuse

    Principles of water re-use processes in complex circulation systems.

  • Water chemistry analysis

    Principles of complex water chemistry.

Skills

  • Operate control systems

    Configure and operate electrical, electronic and control equipment.

  • 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.

  • Participate in the organisation of emergency drills

    Participate in preparing and executing emergency drills. Take charge of on-scene response actions. Help ensure that written drill reports are logged properly. Make sure that all personnel adhere to pre-planned emergency procedures as carefully as possible in the event of an emergency situation.

  • 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.

  • Make time-critical decisions

    Pursue optimal time-critical decision making within the organisation.

  • Apply fish treatments

    Apply prescribed fish treatments under supervision, including assistance with vaccination immersion and injection procedures.

  • Measure water quality parameters

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

  • Operate hatchery recirculation system

    Efficiently operate a hatchery recirculation system for specified aquatic organisms

  • Work as a team

    To recognise the importance of team work, building and maintaining effective working relationships with all colleagues at the Casino and within the business. Flexibility To adopt a positive and flexible attitude to changing priorities and procedures. To take a positive view to change, taking on new tasks willingly and responding well to new methods of operation. Communication To ensure that clear and effective communication is maintained with the Casino Executive and Senior Gaming Manager and Gaming Managers. To conduct regular meetings with managers and staff, and encourage two way communication and continuous improvement.

  • Monitor fish health status

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

  • Carry out fish disease prevention measures

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

  • Preserve fish samples for diagnosis

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

  • Maintain specified water characteristics

    Turn valves and place baffles in troughs to adjust the volume, depth, discharge, and temperature of water as specified.

  • Identify risks in aquaculture facilities

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

  • 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.

  • Monitor feeding behaviour

    Monitor feeding behaviour of farm animals. Collect information on the growth of the animals, and forecast future growth. Monitor and assess biomass taking mortality into account.

  • Maintain recirculation systems

    Monitor and maintain water circulation within holding units. Monitor the condition of the water filtering and purification equipment.

  • Perform water chemistry analysis

    Perform water chemistry analysis

  • Monitor water quality

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

  • Interpret scientific data to assess water quality

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

  • Use IT tools

    Application of computers, computer networks and other information technologies and equipment to storing, retrieving, transmitting and manipulating data, in the context of a business or enterprise.

  • Control fish diseases

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

  • 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.

  • Collect biological data

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

  • Monitor fish mortality rates

    Monitor fish mortalities and assess possible causes.

Optional knowledge and skills

create solutions to problems use communication devices screen live fish deformities observe abnormal fish behaviour lead a team provide on-site training in aquaculture facilities develop work plans to solve problems communicate in english in a competent way plan team building maintain internal communication systems plan the work of teams and individuals conduct fish mortality studies communicate verbal instructions provide training