How to become a 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 of a 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 a 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 a 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.

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