Aquaculture harvesting technician

Description

Aquaculture harvesting technicians operate the harvesting process of aquatic organisms’ production, managing the complex equipment and machinery used in the harvesting of specific cultured species.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to aquaculture harvesting technician:

aquaculture harvesting inspector
marine harvesting inspector
fish farm harvesting technician
fisheries harvesting technician
technician in aquaculture harvesting
water harvesting inspector
harvest technician
aquatic harvester
aquaculture harvest technician
marine harvesting manager
aquatic harvester operator
water harvesting operative
harvesting technician

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 technician is a Skill level 2 occupation.

Aquaculture harvesting technician career path

Similar occupations

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

water-based aquaculture technician
aquaculture cage technician
aquaculture husbandry technician
aquaculture mooring manager
aquaculture husbandry worker

Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of aquaculture harvesting technician. 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 technician with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

aquaculture site supervisor
fisheries observer
aquaculture quality supervisor
venue programmer
fisheries refrigeration engineer

Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fighting fires at aquaculture facilities: The methods and equipment required to extinguish fires occurring in aquaculture settings.
  • Fire-fighting systems: The devices and systems used to extinguish fires; the classes and chemistry of fire.
  • 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 technician.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of aquaculture harvesting technician. 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 technician. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • 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.
  • Lead a team: Lead, supervise and motivate a group of people, in order to meet the expected results within a given timeline and with the foreseen resources in mind.
  • Speak different languages: Master foreign languages to be able to communicate in one or more foreign languages.
  • Maintain internal communication systems: Maintain an effective internal communication system among employees and department managers.
  • Plan the work of teams and individuals: Plan the work of teams and individuals. Assess the work of teams and individuals. Provide feedback to teams and individuals on work carried out. Support and mentor individuals and teams. Prepare work instructions for new tasks.
  • Collect growth rate information: Collect information on growth rate in farm aquatic species.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Work in inclement conditions: Work outdoors in hot or cold circumstances.
  • Monitor growth rates of cultivated fish species: Monitor and assess growth rates and biomass of cultivated fish species, taking mortalities into account. Calculate and forecast growth rates. Monitor and assess mortalities.
  • Communicate by telephone: Liaise via telephone by making and answering calls in a timely, professional and polite manner.
  • Carry out fish transportation: Can manually lift, transfer, position and set down a load, using lifting gears such as forklifts, winches, sea cranes and others. Can operate equipment used in the transportation of fish, shellfish, crustaceans and others, such as trucks, tractors, trailers, conveyers, etc.
  • 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.
  • Calculate aquatic resources growth rate: Calculate and forecast growth rates. Monitor and assess growth and biomass taking mortality into account, based on the different methods of growth assessment.
  • 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

6221 – Aquaculture workers


References
  1. Aquaculture harvesting technician – ESCO
Last updated on October 28, 2022

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