Profession fisheries adviser

Fisheries advisers provide consultancy on fish stocks and their habitats. They manage the costal fishing business modernisation and provide improvement solutions. Fisheries advisers develop plans and policies for fisheries management. They may provide advice on protected farms and wild fish stock.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Fish identification and classification

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

  • Water policies

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

  • Fisheries legislation

    The study and analysis of different fisheries management approaches taking into account international treaties and industry norms in order to analyze fisheries management regulations. 

  • Environmental legislation

    The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.

  • Fisheries management

    The principles, methods and equipment used in population management applied to fisheries: the concept of catch, by-catch, fishing effort, maximum sustainable yield, different sampling methods and how to use sampling material.

  • 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.


  • Inspect fish eggs

    Inspect fish eggs. Remove dead, unviable, and off-colour eggs using a suction syringe.

  • Analyse business objectives

    Study data according to business strategies and objectives and make both short-term and long-term strategic plans.

  • Advise on soil and water protection

    Advise on the effects of soil and water management practices in controlling pollutant loss, nitrate leaching and reduce soil erosion.

  • Support fishery training procedures

    Support colleagues progress in their line of work by increasing their job specific know-how.

  • Estimate fishery status

    Recognize the basic biological data to estimate the status of a fishery: Recognize the captured species by simple ocular observation and compare the amount and size of catches to those of previous periods.

  • Conduct research before survey

    Acquire information about property and its boundaries before the survey by searching legal records, survey records, and land titles.

  • Develop business case

    Gather relevant information in order to come up with a well-written and well-structured document that provides the trajectory of a given project.

  • Apply fishery biology to fishery management

    Manage fisheries resources by applying specific techniques based on fishery biology.

  • Monitor hatchery production

    Monitor and maintain hatchery production, monitoring stocks and movements.

  • Prepare surveying report

    Write a survey report containing information on property boundaries, the height and depth of the terrain, etc..

  • Assess site production potential

    Assess the production potential of a site. Assess the trophic resources of a natural site and assess advantages and constraints of a site.

  • Study fish migration

    Perform research and study the fish migration and movement, taking into account the environmental factors such as the influence of water salinity.

  • Advise on environmental remediation

    Advise on the development and implementation of actions which aim to remove sources of pollution and contamination from the environment.

  • Provide advice to hatcheries

    Assist managers in planning and developing changes to hatchery design and systems.

  • Assess fish health condition

    Identify and prepare fish condition for the safe application of treatments.

  • Process collected survey data

    Analyse and interpret survey data acquired from a wide variety of sources e.g. satellite surveys, aerial photography and laser measurement systems.

Optional knowledge and skills

monitor the use of resources in production respond to changing situations in fishery mathematics plankton production soil science leadership principles wildlife manage fisheries projects adapt production levels surveying methods aquaculture industry interpret scientific data to assess water quality conduct underwater surveys chemistry