Unit Group

1211 Aquaculture Farmers

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ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
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1211 Aquaculture Farmers

Aquaculture Farmers plan, organise, control, coordinate and perform farming operations to breed and raise fish and other aquatic stock.

Indicative Skill Level:

In Australia and New Zealand:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Tasks Include:

  • planning and coordinating the operation of hatcheries and grow-out operations taking into account environmental and market factors
  • coordinating and overseeing strategies to monitor the environment to maintain optimal growing conditions, minimise the impact of operations on the environment and manage biosecurity and other risks 
  • coordinating and overseeing strategies to monitor and maintain the health, welfare and condition of aquatic stock
  • overseeing and undertaking breeding, feeding and nutrition programs
  • overseeing transportation of aquatic stock to new tanks, ponds, cages and floating net pens
  • coordinating and overseeing harvesting, grading, processing and packaging operations for aquatic stock
  • directing and overseeing general farming activities including the provision and maintenance of farming infrastructure and equipment
  • organising the sale, purchase and transportation of aquatic stock
  • maintaining and evaluating records of farming activities, monitoring market activity and planning production accordingly
  • overseeing data collection and analysis and farm technology systems
  • managing business capital including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management
  • may select, train and supervise staff and contractors


  • 121111 Aquaculture Farmer

121111 Aquaculture Farmer

Alternative Title:

  • Aquaculture Farm Manager

Plans, organises, controls, coordinates and performs farming operations to breed and raise fish and other aquatic stock.

Skill Level: 1


  • Grow-Out Manager (Aquaculture)
  • Hatchery Manager (Aquaculture)
  • Oyster Farmer
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