Profession water-based aquaculture technician

Water-based aquaculture technicians coordinate and supervise activities on fattening aquaculture organisms in suspended systems (floating or submerged structures). They participate in extraction operations and handling organisms for commercialisation. Water-based aquaculture technicians supervise maintenance of equipment and facilities (cages, rafts, longlines, bouchot).

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic

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  • First line supervisor fishery workers
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  • Fish farmer
  • Fisheries advisor
  • Fisheries manager
  • Fishery or aquaculture helper
  • Fishery technician
  • Fishery worker, all other
  • Seafood farm worker
  • Seafood farmer

Knowledge

  • Aquaculture production planning software

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

  • Computerised feeding systems

    The functioning of computered controlled systems that provide animal feeding.

  • Fish grading

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

  • 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.

  • Rates of growth assessment

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

Skills

  • Preserve fish samples for diagnosis

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

  • Carry out maintenance of aquaculture equipment

    Maintain aquaculture equipment and identify equipment needs. Carry out routine maintenance and minor repairs as needed.

  • Carry out preparations for fish disease specialist

    Prepare environment and equipment for fish disease specialist treatments, including vaccination treatments.

  • Observe abnormal fish behaviour

    Observe, describe and monitor abnormal fish behaviour in respect of feeding, swimming, surfacing.

  • Assess cage water quality

    Carry out daily assessment of water quality parameters inside the cages such as temperature, oxygen, salinity, pH, N2, NO2,NH4, CO2, turbidity, chlorophyll. Monitor microbiological water quality.

  • Calculate aquatic resources growth rate

    Calculate and forecast growth rates. Monitor and assess growth and biomass taking mortality into account, based on the different methods of growth assessment.

  • Observe fish disease symptoms

    Observe and describe fish disease symptoms such as lesions.

  • Swim

    Move through water by means of the limbs.

  • 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.

  • Operate small craft

    Operate small craft used for transport and feeding.

  • Organise shellfish depuration

    Plan and organise shellfish depuration. Monitor shellfish depuration. Monitor depuration water quality.

  • Apply fish treatments

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

  • Check animal feeding behaviour

    Check animal feeding behaviour.

  • Perform fish grading operations

    Gather live fish using techniques which minimise the stress caused to fish and avoid fish escapes occurring. Grade them manually or using equipment. Report on the grading operation, ensuring compliance with specifications.

  • Prepare for small craft operation

    Prepare for personnel operation of small craft, both with licence and without licence.

  • 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.

  • Carry out feeding operations

    Carry out manual feeding. Calibrate and operate automatic and computerised feeding 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

incidents and accidents recording work in outdoor conditions report pollution incidents use a computer manage time in fishery operations write work-related reports fish anatomy work in inclement conditions ensure aquaculture personnel health and safety use different communication channels maintain diving equipment develop aquaculture strategies communicate verbal instructions communicate in an outdoor setting report live online screen live fish deformities maintain incident reporting records use communication devices report to the team leader communicate in english in a competent way