Wednesday, 24th April 2019


A fish farm manager is responsible for running a farming unit that breeds and rears fish and shellfish for wholesale or retail trade as food. Farms either breed their own fish by hatching eggs or they buy in young fish from hatcheries and then rear them before selling them on. Fish farm managers have a range of financial, commercial, practical and health and safety responsibilities to ensure that the farm has high production levels and is run safely and efficiently.

Managers of fish farms need good business acumen and will create management plans to improve productivity. On larger farms they are likely to have a more supervisory role, managing other fish farm workers, but they still need to be able to do a range of tasks.

Fish farm managers can be responsible for:

  • Planning and maintaining effective fish habitats
  • Monitoring the health and welfare of stock
  • Feeding stock manually or using machinery
  • Maintenance and repair of machinery and enclosures
  • Marketing and selling produce to clients and customers
  • Working under a budget and managing finances

Fish farming is a skilled practice, and the work can be quite intensive. Fish farm managers must ensure that their farm is run according to strict health and safety regulations and animal welfare laws. Building up a reputation as being environmentally friendly and committed to sustainable farming is becoming more important, so a fish farm manager must be able to uphold this.

Fish farm managers may start off working under supervision whilst being trained up and learning all the practical tasks. Once fully-trained and competent fish farm managers will be expected to manage a team, come up with efficient management plans for the workplace and effective care-plans for the stock and improve the profitability of the company.