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Aquacultural Manager  What They Do

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Directs and coordinates, through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities of workers engaged in fish hatchery production for corporations, cooperatives, or other owners.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Agribusiness Systems pathway, Natural Resource Systems pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Grows fish and shellfish as cash crops or for release into freshwater or saltwater.
  • Supervises and trains aquaculture and fish hatchery support workers.
  • Collects and records growth, production, and environmental data.
  • Conducts and supervises stock examinations to identify diseases or parasites.
  • Accounts for and disburses funds.
  • Devises and participates in activities to improve fish hatching and growth rates, and to prevent disease in hatcheries.
  • Monitors environments to ensure maintenance of optimum conditions for aquatic life.
  • Directs and monitors trapping and spawning of fish, egg incubation, and fry rearing, applying knowledge of management and fish culturing techniques.
  • Coordinates the selection and maintenance of brood stock.
  • Directs and monitors the transfer of mature fish to lakes, ponds, streams, or commercial tanks.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Aquaculturist -- Examines organisms living in many different bodies of water such as oceans, rivers, lakes and streams and conducts experiments and investigates the functioning of bodily systems such as respiration, digestion and reproduction.
  • Aquaculture Cooperative Marketing Director --