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Salmon Farmer

A salmon farmer looks after salmon until it is big enough to harvest

What to Salmon Farmers do?

  • Work 7 days on and 7 days off
  • Feed and monitor the fish
  • Monitor fish health
  • Dive
  • Undertake net care
  • Look after the environment
  • Maintain equipment and the farm
  • Skipper vessels
  • Work as part of a team

Skills and knowledge

  • It is helpful to have an interest in marine science or aquaculture and to enjoy being out on the water.


  • NCEA in English, Maths and Science/ Marine science
  • Diving Qualifications

Useful experience

  • Any on water experience such as diving/boating/fishing/an interest in marine science


There are many opportunities moving up the career ladder from fish farmer to management.