Aquaculture technicians are involved in freshwater and marine farming and hatchery management, as well as research into farmed species. They can be involved in equipment design, site development and research, and the harvesting, processing and shipment of products.
Duties & Tasks
Aquaculture technicians may perform the following tasks:breed and raise marine organisms such as fish, eels, crustaceans, shellfish, pearl-producing shellfish, algae, crocodiles and turtles in artificial conditions
identify common diseases in fish and shellfish, and take the necessary steps to prevent problems that may occur in intensive farming
assist with experiments relating to nutrition or methods of controlling predators, parasites and other disease-causing organisms
monitor the environment using oxygen meters, salinity meters, pH (acidity) meters and water chemistry analysis kits
maintain live feed and algae cultures
keep records of breeding, production and treatment programmes
develop and implement systems of profitable farm management.
Aquaculture technicians work outdoors in all kinds of weather. They may also work in a hatchery or laboratory. The work can be located in isolated areas and heavy lifting may be required. Shiftwork is common, including on weekends and public holidays.
a practical approach to work
good observational skills
enjoy outdoor work
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
aptitude for working with computers.