Aquaculture refers to the breeding and harvesting of fish, shellfish, plants, and animals that live in bodies of water such as lakes, oceans, and rivers. Aquacultural managers raise fish and shellfish and ensure their environment is suitable for them to thrive and grow. They will monitor the stock in the environment as well. They also train and manage other employees to ensure safety and quality standards are met.
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How to Become an Aquacultural Manager
Though there may not be a minimum requirement of education to become an aquacultural manager, you may be a more appealing candidate if you hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as agriculture or farm management. There is also marine aquaculture and freshwater aquaculture, so you would need to gain on-the-job experience relating to the body of water and species that you work with. According to O*NET OnLine, over 40% of those surveyed held a bachelor’s degree.
Job Description of a Aquacultural Manager
These farmers specialize in producing seafood from hatcheries and even growing plants that can be harvested for a multitude of purposes such as pharmaceuticals and food. They will even help to restore (or stock) bodies of water with fish or shellfish to increase populations. To learn more about aquaculture and the difference between marine and fresh water aquaculture, visit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) website (link opens in a new tab).
Aquacultural Manager Career Video Transcript
Whether you’re exploring the health benefits of salmon, bonding over bass fishing on a trip with your family, or simply enjoying a hot tilapia filet, somewhere down the line an aquacultural manager probably had a hand in getting the fish to your table or even your boat. Aquacultural managers raise fish and shellfish, which can include tasks like stocking a lake full of prize catches for a fishing competition, culturing clams with pearls for jewelers, or managing a fish farm.
Most aquacultural managers have a bachelor’s degree in fishery science or a related biology, which supports their ability to train fish hatchery workers. As the aquacultural life form grows, reproduces, and is eventually released or harvested, these managers oversee the process, collect data, and evaluate health indicators for the stock. The job requires a lot of time outdoors with tanks or incubators. However, it’s not all scientific method for these professionals. They also have to use their administrative knowledge to develop and manage their budgets and they monitor regulations and safety standards, since using the wrong chemicals could endanger other workers or spoil the fish.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Farmers, Ranchers, and other Agricultural Managers..
National Center for O*NET Development. 11-9013.03. O*NET OnLine.
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