Aquacultural Manager  What They Do

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Aquacultural Managers Career Video



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.


A person in this career:

  • Grows fish and shellfish as cash crops or for release into freshwater or saltwater.
  • Monitors environments to ensure maintenance of optimum conditions for aquatic life.
  • Supervises and trains aquaculture and fish hatchery support workers.
  • Determines, administers, and executes policies relating to operations administration and standards, and facility maintenance.
  • Collects and records growth, production, and environmental data.
  • Directs and monitors trapping and spawning of fish, egg incubation, and fry rearing, applying knowledge of management and fish culturing techniques.
  • Accounts for and disburses funds.
  • Directs and monitors the transfer of mature fish to lakes, ponds, streams, or commercial tanks.
  • Determines how to allocate resources and to respond to unanticipated problems, such as insect infestation, drought, and fire.
  • Conducts and supervises stock examinations to identify diseases or parasites.

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
  • 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):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • 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:

  • Aquaculture Cooperative Marketing Director --
  • Aquaculture Director --
  • Aquaculture Program Director --
  • Facility Operations Manager --
  • Farm Operations Technical Director --
  • Fish Hatchery Manager --
  • Hatchery Manager -- Plans, develops, and implements policies and practices for operation of hatchery to ensure attainment of goals and profitable operation.
  • Hatchery Supervisor --
  • Recirculating Aquaculture Systems Specialist --
  • Shellfish Manager --