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At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Fish Farm Worker

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Fish Farm Worker
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€18 - 36
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Fish farm workers rear fish, to be sold as food, for sport or for ornamental ponds and lakes, in fresh water or the sea.


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Fish farm workers rear and sell fish, both for food and for sport. Trout and salmon are the most commonly reared species but the industry is diversifying and more farms are producing other types of fish and shellfish.  
 
Farms hatch or buy in eggs and rear the young fish. The young are kept in separate tanks as they develop. When they are fully grown, they are transferred to rivers, lakes or pools. Salmon are transferred from fresh water to pens or cages in the sea.  
 
Feeding is an important task. The fish may be fed by hand or by automatic hoppers that release food into the water.  
 
It is essential to inspect the fish and to maintain safe and healthy conditions. Staff check oxygen levels in the water, maintain the correct temperature in the tanks and make sure the water is kept free from contamination. The tanks are regularly cleaned. It is also important to discharge water correctly so that it does not cause pollution.  
 
Staff usually carry out maintenance work including simple carpentry, plumbing and repairs to equipment.  
 
Farms that produce fish for food may be involved in processing and packing.


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Fish Farm workers must be at least seventeen years of age, be physically fit to sustain the day-to-day manual work encountered on fish farms and be comfortable working with animals and with water.  
 
A willingness to work outside, in remote areas and in all conditions and an ability to think ahead and act independently are necessary.


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Organisation: Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM)
Address: Crofton House, Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Tel: (01) 214 4100
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Organisation: Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM)
Address: Crofton House, Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Tel: (01) 214 4100
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Organisation: IMDO Irish Maritime Development Office
Address: Wilton Park House, Wilton Place D02 NT99, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel: (01) 7753900
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