Aquaculture production manager


Aquaculture production managers plan, direct and coordinate the production of fish, shellfish or other forms of aquatic life such as cash crops, in large-scale aquaculture operations to culture and harvest or for release into fresh, brackish or salt water. 

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to aquaculture production manager:

fishery production manager
fish farm production manager
manager of aquaculture production

Minimum qualifications

Bachelor’s degree is generally required to work as aquaculture production 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 production manager is a Skill level 4 occupation.

Aquaculture production manager career path

Similar occupations

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

aquaculture husbandry manager
aquaculture harvesting manager
aquaculture recirculation manager
aquaculture environmental analyst

Promotions or specializations

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

Essential knowledge and skills of aquaculture production manager

Essential knowledge

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

Fish grading
Fish harvesting methods
Animal welfare legislation
Aquaculture reproduction
Environmental legislation
Fish biology
Understand fresh water ecosystems
Shellfish cultivation systems
Rates of growth assessment
Aquaculture production planning software
Design principles of containment systems
Principles of insurance
Quality standards applicable to aquaculture products
Escapee contingency plans
Husbandry and harvesting effects on aquatic resources

Essential skills and competences

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

Apply company policies
Compare production forecasts with actual results
Plan aquatic resources feeding regimes
Supervise waste disposal
Manage a small-to-medium business
Plan the work of teams and individuals
Monitor the use of resources in production
Manage aquatic resources stock production
Write work-related reports
Control aquatic production environment
Develop stock health programmes
Develop management plans to reduce risks in aquaculture
Deliver aquatic products to customer specifications
Implement contingency plans for escapees
Monitor growth rates of cultivated fish species
Perform project management
Monitor the farm environmental management plan
Supervise aquaculture facilities
Control fish diseases
Ensure aquaculture personnel health and safety
Supervise waste water treatments
Provide on-site training in aquaculture facilities

Optional knowledge and skills of aquaculture production manager

Optional knowledge

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

Fish anatomy
Marketing principles
Plankton production
Traceability in food industry

Optional skills and competences

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

Provide technical documentation
Collaborate with animal related professionals
Work in outdoor conditions
Develop aquaculture strategies
Organise staff assessment
Perform water treatments
Use different communication channels
Develop food safety programmes
Set up documentation control system
Draw up marketing and sales plan
Make independent operating decisions
Work in shifts
Develop aquaculture breeding strategies
Assess site production potential
Implement scientific decision making in healthcare
Organise sale of live products
Work in inclement conditions
Prepare documentation for international shipping
Solve operational transport problems
Perform market research
Communicate in English in a competent way

ISCO group and title

1312 – Aquaculture and fisheries production managers







U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Last updated on June 8, 2022

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