In Summary - Fish Farm Worker
Fish Farm Workers typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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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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The Work - Fish Farm Worker
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.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- 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.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- 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.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Interests - Fish Farm Worker
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.
Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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.
Entry Requirements - Fish Farm Worker
Pay & Salary - Fish Farm Worker
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 18k - 36k
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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Useful Contacts - Fish Farm Worker
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM)
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM)
IMDO – Irish Maritime Development Office