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Aquaculture Farmer


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Aquaculture farmers manage the breeding, raising and harvesting of fish and shellfish for commercial purposes in marine or freshwater farms.


Aquaculture farmers with one to three years’ experience usually earn

$34K-$60K per year

Aquaculture farmers with more than three years’ experience, or in supervisory roles, usually earn

$50K-$80K per year

Source: New Zealand Salmon Farmers Association and Sanford Ltd, 2018.

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Chances of getting a job as an aquaculture farmer are average due to low turnover and steady growth in aquaculture farms.
Aquaculture farmers pull up mussel lines from the side of a ship

Aquaculture farmers harvest fish and shellfish (Photo: Steve Hussey)

Last updated 14 June 2018