Fishery technicians work in many different settings, such as in the field, labs, and hatcheries. A fishery tech’s main responsibility is working in hatcheries to breed native fish species to maintain healthy levels of marine populations. Most fishery technicians work for agencies at the federal, state, and local levels and private organizations. Their work is important because they preserve the habitats of marine life and support the fishing industry.
Types of Responsibilities
- Breed and monitor fishes
- Load hatchlings into tankers and relocate them to rivers and lakes
- Use tracking systems or nets and traps to survey populations
- Monitor water conditions and collect samples
- Performs fish age and growth analysis
- Collect fish broodstock
- Clean aquaculture equipment, tools, and tanks
- Prepare reports, organize data, and maintain records
- Interview fishermen
Salary and Job Outlook
The average salary for fishery technicians is $24,611 a year. According to Zippia, this position is expected to grow 7% by 2028 and will provide 5,700 new job opportunities.
How to Become a Fishery Technician
Some fishery technician positions may require a bachelor’s degree in an environmental-related field including:
- Aquatic ecology
- Marine biology
- Conservation management
- Fish and wildlife management
If you’re interested in becoming a fishery tech, conduct research on volunteer and intern opportunities at fishery management agencies and aquatic environmental organizations.
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