As an aquaculturist, you will be studying and caring for freshwater and marine organisms and may be involved in the commercial or recreational farming of fish, crustaceans, and aquatic plants.
Working for private laboratories or government agencies, often in natural habitats, aquaculturists conduct research in areas such as fish nutrition, water quality, aquaculture engineering, fish genetics, hatchery production and fish pathology. Their job may include production of fish and shellfish at fish farms and for sport fishing. They may also be responsible for creating suitable living conditions for aquatic animals and plants, and monitoring their functioning.
Students who are planning to take up a degree course in aquaculture are recommended to take Science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as main subjects for their plus two. And the students who are looking to be an engineer in this field shall take, up Physics, Chemistry and Maths as the main subjects.
B.Sc. in Fisheries is a 3 year course. Candidates who are having a keen interest in aquatic life and want to grow their career in the same field are best suitable for this course. B.Tech in Agricultural and Food Engineering is a four year course where one of the areas of focus is aquacultural engineering.
M.Sc in Fisheries is a two-year post-graduate course that can be pursued on completion of a relevant UG degree.
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An aquaculturist must be able to understand, measure, and monitor various situations and apply technical knowledge. They must be open to seek training opportunities for further development to improve their performance in day to day tasks.
An aquaculturist must possess the ability to collect and analyze information in a methodical way.
In this position, one should possess a balance in listening and talking; speaking and writing clearly and accurately; in order to keep others informed.
As an aquaculturist, self managing is of great importance. They should focus on effective planning and time management as well as prioritisation of tasks.