Aquaculture technicians who are sometimes called aquaculturists breeding managers or fish technicians are in charge of feeding raising and harvesting fish shellfish crustaceans and plants that live in both fresh and salt water. They must attend closely to the quality of the environment in which the fish and shellfish live and be on the alert for any disease or any problems that can possibly occur.
An important part of this job is to clean and maintain the facility and equipment where fish are grown to keep production records and to keep up with new technology. Some jobs entail slaughtering gutting and preparing the fish for market. This job requires work both indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather and it can be physically strenuous.
Aquaculture technicians work for private aquaculture operations government fish hatcheries and experimental aquatic farms that cultivate various species on a trial basis. Usually aquaculture technology is more than a 40-hour-a-week job. Technicians must be self-directed reliable dedicated and willing to work 7 days a week if necessary.
Aquaculture technicians need a high school diploma with some chemistry and biology courses and they should complete a two-year community college aquaculture program. After work experience as technicians some become managers or even owners of aquatic operations. Get your education as an Aquaculture Technician.
Owners are responsible for supervising technicians who work there maintaining financial and purchasing records and dealing with government agencies. In general aquaculture technicians earn between $30000 and $50000 per year.