How to become an Aquaculture Farmer

Aquaculture farmers direct, coordinate and perform farming operations to breed and raise fish and other aquatic stock such as oysters, crayfish, marron or prawns.

Personal requirements for an Aquaculture Farmer

  • Good at planning
  • Able to analyse and solve problems
  • Good organisational and supervisory skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Responsible approach and attitude
  • Enjoy working outdoors in all types of weather
  • A reasonable level of physical fitness
  • Able to swim.

Duties & Tasks of an Aquaculture Farmer

Aquaculture farmers may perform the following tasks:

  • Plan and manage the operation of hatcheries
  • Transport fish and other aquatic stock to new tanks or beds
  • Check and maintain water quality to maintain health standards and optimal growing conditions
  • Identify and control toxins and diseases
  • Check stock growth rates to determine when to harvest
  • Direct and oversee the harvesting, grading and packaging of fish and other aquatic stock
  • Organise the sale, purchase and transportation of fish and aquatic stock
  • Maintain and study records of farming activities, keep an eye on market activity and plan production accordingly
  • Manage business capital, including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management
  • Manage quality and production to meet customers' needs and identify new business opportunities
  • Manage the marketing of the farm's produce and maintain business contacts
  • Select, train and supervise staff and contractors.

Working conditions for an Aquaculture Farmer

They usually work outdoors, either on or in the water, and at shore-based facilities. Fish farms are generally located in sheltered waters. Most aquaculture farmers are expected to work overtime, particularly in the harvesting months. Some farming operations may require a diving qualification and/or a licence to operate a barge.


Specializations

Aquaculture farmers may manage either finfish or shellfish farming operations.


Aquaculture Farmer

Aquaculture farmers direct, coordinate and perform farming operations to breed and raise fish and other aquatic stock such as oysters, crayfish, marron or prawns.

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