Aquaculture harvesting manager


Aquaculture harvesting managers control harvesting operations of aquatic organisms which entails understanding and knowledge of techniques and equipment used in harvesting processes.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to aquaculture harvesting manager:

fish farm harvesting manager
manager of aquaculture harvesting
aquaculture harvesting supervisor
harvesting operations manager

Minimum qualifications

Bachelor’s degree is generally required to work as aquaculture harvesting manager. However, this requirement may differ in some countries.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Aquaculture harvesting manager is a Skill level 4 occupation.

Aquaculture harvesting manager career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to aquaculture harvesting manager.

aquaculture husbandry manager
aquaculture production manager
aquaculture recirculation manager
aquatic animal health professional
aquaculture environmental analyst

Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of aquaculture harvesting manager. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of aquaculture harvesting manager with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of aquaculture harvesting manager.

Fish grading: The method of how fish are graded according to their different characteristics: specification, size, quality and condition.
Fish harvesting methods: Knowledge of up-to-date fish harvesting methods.
Fish identification and classification: The processes which allow the identification and classification of fish.
Animal welfare legislation: The legal boundaries, codes of professional conduct, national and EU regulatory frameworks and legal procedures of working with animals and living organisms, ensuring their welfare and health.
Fish biology: The study of fish, shellfish or crustacean organisms, categorized into many specialised fields that cover their morphology, physiology, anatomy, behaviour, origins and distribution.
Fish welfare regulations: The set of rules that apply in fish harvesting methods which ensure fish well-being.
Fish anatomy: The study of the form or morphology of fish species.
Biosecurity: Be aware of the general principles of the concept of bio-security and in particular, the disease prevention rules to be implemented in case of epidemics endangering public health.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of aquaculture harvesting manager.

Collaborate with animal related professionals: Collaborate with veterinary and other animal related professionals through communication of animal details, case records and summary reports orally or via written or electronic transfer.
Apply fish harvest methods: Apply fish harvest methods effectively and in a manner which minimises the stress caused to fish. Slaughter the fish in a humane manner.
Assist in general veterinary medical procedures: Assist veterinarians by preparing both the animal and the equipment for medical procedures, and providing care and support to the animal undergoing a medical procedure.
Maintain grading equipment: Set up equipment and areas to effectively grade fish according to requirements. Maintain the equipment in a serviceable condition throughout the grading process. Clean and store the equipment after use.
Ensure compliance with aquaculture standards: Ensure that operations comply with standards for sustainable aquaculture.
Set up fish harvesting equipment: Set up fish harvesting equipment for the efficient slaughter of the fish and subsequent storage.
Inspect aquaculture equipment: Inspect aquaculture harvesting tools and machinery to ensure that they work properly.
Estimate harvest costs: Reasonably estimate harvest equipment needed, provide accurate harvest estimates and work within assigned budgets.
Oversee harvest process: Oversee the harvest process on client farms and discuss with the team how they can improve their operation and resolve issues. Discuss any new ideas they have.
Support veterinary diagnostic procedures: Prepare equipment and animals for veterinary diagnostic tests. Conduct or support sample collection. Preserve samples from animals for analysis and communicate the results. Provide care for the animal undergoing examination.
Prevent work accidents: Apply specific risk assessment measures to prevent risks and threats at work.
Prepare health documentation: Prepare health documents for the despatch of fish, molluscs, crustaceans or others.
Prepare aquatic animals for harvesting: Grade fish, molluscs, crustaceans manually and using equipment in preparation for harvesting.
Carry out fish disease prevention measures: Carry out disease prevention measures for fish, molluscs, and crustaceans for land-based and water-based aquaculture facilities.
Manage animal hygiene: Plan and use appropriate hygiene measures to prevent transmission of diseases and ensure an effective overall hygiene. Maintain and follow hygiene procedures and regulations when working with animals, communicate site hygiene controls and protocols to others. Manage the safe disposal of waste according to destination and local regulations.
Control aquatic production environment: Assess the impact of biological conditions such as algae and fouling organisms by managing water intakes, catchments and oxygen use.
Develop stock health programmes: Develop a health and welfare programme for those aquatic resources under cultivation, in consultation with the fish health specialist
Develop management plans to reduce risks in aquaculture: Develop a management plan to reduce the risks from pests, predators and diseases. Supervise implementation of plan, especially disease prevention measures, throughout the aquaculture facility.
Maintain fish harvesting equipment: Clean and store fish harvesting equipment after use.
Identify legal requirements: Conduct research for applicable legal and normative procedures and standards, analyse and derive legal requirements that apply to the organisation, its policies and products.
Ensure cage safety requirements are followed: Ensure that personnel comply with cage safety requirements.
Supply veterinary medicine under professional direction: Supply veterinary medicines under the direction of a veterinary surgeon.
Provide training: Provide training and orientation to new team members, or assign this task to an appropriately experienced team member.
Ensure aquaculture personnel health and safety: Make sure that health and safety procedures have been established and followed across all aquaculture facilities including cages. Ensure that personnel and general public are instructed and all work activities are carried out according to relevant health and safety regulations.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of aquaculture harvesting manager. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of aquaculture harvesting manager. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Handle fish harvesting waste: Dispose of waste, blood and inferior quality fish according to site waste management procedures.
Collect dead fish: Gather dead fish in recipients like tanks and cages.
Communicate with customers: Respond to and communicate with customers in the most efficient and appropriate manner to enable them to access the desired products or services, or any other help they may require.
Work in outdoor conditions: Can cope with the different climate conditions such as heat, rain, cold or in strong wind.
Communicate verbal instructions: Communicate transparent instructions. Ensure that messages are understood and followed correctly.
Observe abnormal fish behaviour: Observe, describe and monitor abnormal fish behaviour in respect of feeding, swimming, surfacing.
Communicate in an outdoor setting: Communicate with participants in more than one language of the European Union; handle a crisis following guidelines and recognise the importance of proper behaviour in crisis situations.
Collect live fish: ​Gather fish using techniques which minimise the stress caused to fish and avoid fish escapes occurring.
Conduct fish mortality studies: Collect fish mortality data. Identify causes of mortality and provide solutions .
Use communication devices: Operate communication devices in order to interact with customers, colleagues, and others.
Screen live fish deformities: Screen for deformities in live fish including larvae
Prepare fish harvesting equipment: Prepare fish harvesting equipment and facilities for the efficient slaughter of the fish and subsequent storage.
Organise sale of live products: Organise the sale of live products, be able to negotiate prices and quantities. Secure good payment conditions. Know the different techniques needed for selling harvested products.
Carry out preparations for fish disease specialist: Prepare environment and equipment for fish disease specialist treatments, including vaccination treatments.
Work in inclement conditions: Work outdoors in hot or cold circumstances.
Transport fish: Transport live and harvested fish, molluscs, crustaceans from farm to client.
Handle harvested fish: Handle harvested fish in a manner which maintains flesh quality. Effectively store fish in chilled storage.
Solve operational transport problems: Communicate with clients and providers in the event of a delay; undertake measures to provide solutions. Take decisions and work proactively in order to avoid operational problems. 
Communicate in english in a competent way: Competent use of English; R351refers to level C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

ISCO group and title

1312 – Aquaculture and fisheries production managers





  1. Aquaculture harvesting manager – ESCO
Last updated on August 8, 2022

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