Profession aquaculture site supervisor

Aquaculture site supervisors supervise production processes in large-scale aquaculture operations and inspect aquaculture sites to maintain and improve performance. They maintain the health, safety and security of the workplace, develop management plans to reduce the risks from pests, predators and diseases and supervise both the disposal of bio and chemical waste and the maintenance of equipment and machinery.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative


  • 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.

  • Response to health emergencies

    The methods for responding quickly to health emergencies in the workplace.

  • Fire-fighting systems

    The devices and systems used to extinguish fires; the classes and chemistry of fire.

  • Fish identification and classification

    The procedures and practices followed in the identification and classification of fish, aquatic plants and insects.

  • Principles of insurance

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

  • 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.

  • Incidents and accidents recording

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

  • Water currents

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

  • Design principles of containment systems

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

  • Water policies

    Have a solid understanding of policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations concerning water.

  • Understand fresh water ecosystems

    Understand fresh water ecosystems.

  • Fighting fires at aquaculture facilities

    The methods and equipment required to extinguisht fires occured in aquaculture settings.


  • 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.

  • Maintain aquaculture water quality

    Maintain water quality in ponds, lagoons and sluices.

  • Supervise waste disposal

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

  • Keep task records

    Organise and classify records of prepared reports and correspondence related to the performed work and progress records of tasks.

  • Inspect aquaculture equipment

    Inspect aquaculture harvesting tools and machinery to ensure that they work properly. Monitor production machinery and equipment to detect problems. Identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

  • Supervise aquaculture facilities

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

  • Prepare work instructions

    Prepare work instructions for new tasks

  • 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,.

  • Oversee maintenance work

    Oversee the landscaping maintenance work: mowing, strimming, spraying, weeding and pruning.

  • Maintain safety systems

    Maintain the operational condition of life-saving, fire fighting and other safety systems.

  • Control aquatic production environment

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

  • Supervise waste water treatments

    Supervise waste water treatment according to environmental regulations.

  • Identify risks in aquaculture facilities

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

  • Develop aquaculture strategies

    Cultivate strategies for aquaculture plans based on reports and research in order to deal with specific fish farm issues. Plan and organise work activities in order to improve aquaculture production and tackle further problems.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Select aquaculture equipment

    Identify aquaculture equipment appropriate to the needs of the company.

  • Establish site security routines

    Establish and carry out site security routines.

  • Make time-critical decisions

    Pursue optimal time-critical decision making within the organisation.

  • Manage water flows and catchments

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

  • Develop contingency plans for emergencies

    Compose procedures outlining specific actions to be taken in the event of an emergency, taking into account all the risks and dangers that could be involved, ensuring that the plans comply with safety legislation and represent the safest course of action.

Optional knowledge and skills

plan teamwork implement contingency plans for escapees plan the work of teams and individuals work in inclement conditions escapee contingency plans communicate in english in a competent way aquaculture cultivation equipment work in shifts work in outdoor conditions work in a fishery team prepare for small craft operation operate small craft coordinate shifts lead a team use geographic information systems operate an emergency communication system manage time in fishery operations make improvements to work activities undertake continuous professional development in fishery operations