Fish Farm Hand


Fish farm hands assist with the growing and cultivation of fish and the maintenance of fish farm premises and equipment.

Duties & Tasks

Fish farm hands may perform the following tasks:

  • feed and grade fish and monitor their growth
  • assist with farm layout and the construction of nets, longlines and/or cages
  • check and look after all equipment and fish housing
  • operate pumps and other equipment
  • test and check on water quality
  • remove dead or dying fish
  • operate lifting equipment such as forklifts and small cranes
  • handle marine vessels (barges, for example)
  • harvest fish and sort and pack for transportation
  • maintain farm records.

Working Conditions

Fish farm hands may be employed in either finfish farming or shellfish farming. They usually work outside, either on or in the water, and at shore-based facilities. Fish farms are generally located in sheltered waters. Most fish farm hands are expected to work overtime, particularly in the summer months.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy outdoor work
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • able to swim.

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