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Fish Farm Manager

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Fish Farm Manager
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€25 - 38 
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Last Updated: March, 2011

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At a Glance... header image

Supervises and manages the running of a fish farm.

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Hugh Heraghty
Fish Farm Manager  
Hugh Heraghty is Site Manager for Marine Havest's Organic Salmon Fish Farm in Co. Galway. Some key responsibilties of his job include ensuring safety at all times on land and sea and bringing the site stock to its best quality. Hugh has completed over 40 courses with Marine Harvest and BIM.
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Brendan White
Fish Filleter  

Brendan White is a Fish Filleter working for Albatross Seafoods in Donegal. He has done a number of different courses for his job, including a Filleting Course, a Forklift Course and two HACCP Courses, in the last few years. He has just completed a E.C.D.L course, which he found to be very helpful in his job.

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Fish farm managers supervise the breeding and rearing of fish for sport and for food. They care for fish, primarily salmon and trout, and shellfish such as mussels and scallops. This involves seeing them through the whole process from the hatchery to harvesting. This includes technical hatchery work, such as monitoring for disease and pollution, checking that environmental conditions are correct and feeding stocks regularly.  
Managers supervise the day-to-day running of the farm, including book-keeping, organising the sales and marketing of stock plus the ordering of new stock, materials and equipment. They may also supervise staff training.  
Managers ensure that a high standard of hygiene is maintained so that the fish are free from disease. Much of the work is outdoors in all weather conditions. 

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Steer vessels and operate navigational instruments.


Put fishing equipment into the water and anchor or tow equipment, according to the fishing method used.


Maintain engines, fishing gear, and other on-board equipment; and perform minor repairs.


Sort, pack, and store catch in holds with salt and ice.


Remove catches from fishing equipment and measure them to ensure compliance with legal size.


Locate fish, using fish-finding equipment.


Return undesirable or illegal catches to the water.


Pull and guide nets, traps, and lines onto vessels, by hand or using hoisting equipment.


Direct fishing operations, and supervise fishing crew members.


Signal other workers to move, hoist, and position loads.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.


Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.


Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).


Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.


Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:  Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.


Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.


Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Food Production:  Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.


Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


Transportation:  Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.


Geography:  Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.


Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Negotiation:   Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.


Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.


Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Repairing:   Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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In fish farming, commercial duties are equally as important as the farming. Any setback in the rearing of fish can have serious financial effects; therefore, it is an advantage if you have skills in marketing, personnel management and accounting. Scientific knowledge is essential. Good organisational skills would also be an advantage in arranging staff with day-to-day duties, timetables and rotas. You must be physically fit to sustain the day-to-day manual work encountered on fish farms and be comfortable working with animals and with water.

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Organisation: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  Address: Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 607 2000 Lo Call 1890 200 510
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