Fish Farm Worker

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Fish farm workers help to breed and rear fish in ponds, tanks, cages or nets in the water. Most fish such as salmon, trout or shellfish are farmed for food, but some are bred for angling or for ornamental ponds. They are also called fish husbandry workers or fish farm technicians.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for fish farm workers in Scotland range from around £14,000 to £18,000 a year. With experience, this can rise to £24,000 a year, sometimes more.

Some companies offer bonuses and sometimes accommodation and use of a vehicle as part of the package.


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Getting In

You could work for a variety of different organisations, including commercial fish farms, private estates and angling organisations.

What Does it Take?

You need to be:


Getting On


Courtesy of Lantra Scotland


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
Twitter: @LantraScotland

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

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