Aquaculture Hatchery Manager

Aquaculture Hatchery Manager

Hatchery managers oversee all aspects of an aquaculture hatchery, including the management of personnel, fish, infrastructure and equipment. Additionally, they meet with federal and state officials to establish priorities for fish production and coordinate research projects. They will also conduct hatchery tours as needed.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Track fish life cycles to determine the proper time for harvesting or release
  • Look for disease and treat as needed
  • Find ways to trap and breed in an environmentally friendly and economical way
  • Oversee water quality assurance/quality control program
  • Maintain current knowledge of industry trends and information regarding hatchery equipment and operations
  • Develop and track hatchery budget
  • Manage fish care, maintenance, packing and transfer activities
  • Hire and train hatchery staff and supervise employees
  • Maintain records and prepare reports on hatchery operations
  • Ensure worker safety requirements are met
  • Work with nutritionists to develop feeding rations and schedules needed for specified growth rates for a variety of aquatic species
  • Meet with federal and state officials to establish priorities for fish production and coordinate research projects
  • Conduct hatchery tours, explain operations and answer questions on fish production
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, animal science, mathematics, English, biology, chemistry, wildlife biology and environmental sciences.
Education/Training Required: 
Hatchery managers typically have a bachelor’s degree in fisheries science, aquaculture, hatchery management or hatchery maintenance.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Aquaculture hatchery managers are employed by large commercial fisheries that produce and harvest fish. They may also be employed by state and government environmental agencies.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • American Fisheries Society
  • National Aquaculture Association
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$52,000
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