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Marine Farm Supervisor

Marine farm supervisors may do some or all of the following

  • plan what work is to be done and explain it to the crew
  • keep records on growth and health of shellfish or fish
  • train, supervise, manage and assess the crew
  • ensure the health and safety of the crew
  • order equipment and supplies
  • oversee minor engine maintenance on vessels
  • drive or navigate boats.

Marine farm supervisors will also do general marine farm work such as work in feeding, seeding, or harvesting of fish or shellfish.


Marine farm supervisors need to have

  • knowledge of how to grow and harvest fish or shellfish
  • practical skills such as being able to tie knots and splice ropes
  • boat-handling and navigational skills, including the ability to read charts and use a compass
  • basic mechanical skills
  • management skills
  • basic computer skills
  • communication skills
  • an awareness of health and safety practices
  • first aid skills.

Marine farm supervisors must be able to lead others and take responsibility for the crew. They need to be enthusiastic and hard-working.


Marine Farm Worker

Marine farm workers may do some or all of the following

  • tighten, clean and mend lines, ropes, racks and nets on marine farms
  • attach baby shellfish (spats) to racks or hanging ropes to grow
  • feed and care for growing shellfish and fish
  • anaesthetise fish with carbon dioxide prior to harvesting
  • harvest and pack fish or shellfish
  • dive to clear any debris or dead fish from the fish pens
  • drive and navigate boats
  • maintain marine farm equipment.

Marine farm workers need to have

  • an awareness of health and safety practices
  • environmental awareness
  • communication skills
  • basic computer skills
  • time management skills.

Boat-handling skills and an ability to read a chart and compass are useful. On fish farms, diving skills are also recommended. 


Marine farm workers need to be

  • able to follow instructions
  • reliable
  • comfortable working on the water
  • able to work well independently or as part of a team.
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