Aquacultural Workers Supervisor  What They Do

Just the Facts


Directly supervises and coordinates activities of aquacultural workers.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Food Products and Processing Systems pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Observes fish and beds or ponds to detect diseases, monitor fish growth, determine quality of fish, or determine completeness of harvesting.
  • Records the numbers and types of fish or shellfish reared, harvested, released, sold, and shipped.
  • Assigns to workers duties such as fertilizing and incubating spawn, feeding and transferring fish, and planting, cultivating, and harvesting shellfish beds.
  • Confers with managers to determine times and places of seed planting, and cultivating, feeding, or harvesting of fish or shellfish.
  • Directs and monitors worker activities, such as treatment and rearing of fingerlings, maintenance of equipment, and harvesting of fish or shellfish.
  • Prepares or directs the preparation of fish food, and specifies medications to be added to food and water to treat fish for diseases.
  • Engages in the same fishery work as workers supervised.
  • Trains workers in spawning, rearing, cultivating, and harvesting methods, and in the use of equipment.
  • Directs workers to correct problems such as disease, quality of seed distribution, or adequacy of cultivation.
  • Plans work schedules according to personnel and equipment availability, tidal levels, feeding schedules, or transfer and harvest needs.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Seasonal work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Brood Hatchery Manager --
  • Brood Station Manager --
  • Farm Manager --
  • Fish Farm Manager --
  • Fish Hatchery Manager --
  • Fish Hatchery Specialist --
  • Fisheries Manager --
  • Harvest Manager --
  • Hatchery Manager --
  • Rainbow Trout Farm Manager --