Aquaculture technicians are involved in freshwater and marine farming, hatchery management, and in 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 programs
- 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 can be involved. Shiftwork is common, including on weekends and public holidays.
- a practical approach to work
- enjoy science
- good observational skills
- enjoy outdoor work
- able to cope with the physical demands of the job
- willing to work with computers.