A fish farm manager is responsible for the breeding and rearing of fish for the wholesale or retail trade. Farms breed their own fish by hatching eggs from adult stock and then rearing them before selling on to purchasers.
The work varies considerably and includes a wide range of skills. Fish farm managers can be responsible for:
- managing fish habitats throughout the year;
- stock health and welfare issues;
- feeding stock either manually or via automated machinery;
- maintenance of equipment and cages;
- selling on to the public or trade customers.
Fish farming is an intensive animal husbandry business, and it is essential that post holders have an enthusiasm for fish and their welfare.
Some farms, like those for trout, tend to be quite small and stable and employ few staff, so the fish farm manager is likely to undertake a great deal of varied tasks. Other farms, such as salmon farms, are larger and employ a lot of staff. Salmon farms are located in many parts of the world including Scotland, Turkey and Chile.