How to become a Fish Farm Hand

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

Personal requirements for a Fish Farm Hand

  • Enjoy outdoor work
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to swim.

Duties & Tasks of a Fish Farm Hand

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 for a Fish Farm Hand

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.

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