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Fisheries Technician


A fisheries technician oversees and assists in the daily work to be completed at a fishery. They ensure fish are well and fed and are responsible for general maintenance around the facility.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Assist biologists and technicians of higher level in various natural resource management or research activities, including use, maintenance and calibration of scientific and technical equipment
  • Assist in habitat enhancement and management
  • Operate high-pressure spray pumps, outboard motors, air boats, mud boats, vehicles, tractors, and other equipment
  • Provide technical support and assistance to professional personnel engaged in fish production and freshwater mussel propagation at a disease-free hatchery
  • Prepare diets for fish
  • Collect fish broodstock
  • Sort and spawn fish
  • Clean aquaculture equipment and tanks
  • Record keeping


What education and training is required?

A bachelor’s degree in aquaculture, biology, chemistry, statistics, or agriculture.


To pursue a career as a fisheries technician:

The following high school courses are recommended: agriculture education, mathematics, biology, chemistry and environmental sciences.


Where can I work?

Fishery technicians work for privately owned fisheries, but government and state agencies also employ fishery technicians.


Future Job Market / Outlook

The job outlook for a fisheries technician will be good over the next five years.


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Fisheries Society
  • National Aquaculture Organization
  • The World Aquaculture Society
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