Fish husbandry and fisheries management apprenticeship

Fish husbandry and fisheries management apprenticeship

The Fish Husbandry and Fisheries Management apprenticeship deals with the day-to-day care of fish in a wide range of habitats and environments.

The fish husbandry and fisheries management industry is very broad, covering river catchments, reservoirs, fish farms, aquaria and retail outlets. The activities covered by related job roles are very diverse, ranging from monitoring, conserving and enhancing freshwater fish stocks and habitats, to helping both anglers and aquarium visitors enjoy their experience, to advising customers about their choice of species, equipment and care.

One of the main roles of any job in this industry is fish health and welfare, which includes:

  • Food and feeding
  • Handling and transportation
  • Environmental conditions
  • Predators
  • Stocking density
  • Disease prevention and control
  • Pollution prevention and control
  • Monitoring and record-keeping

As an apprentice, you’ll assist in maintaining fish health and welfare and may learn how to operate and maintain relevant equipment; how to prepare fish for transport; and how the local environment may influence the work to be completed. You could also work on specific local projects, helping to improve habitats for fish.


Intermediate (Level 2)

Starting salary:


Job roles:

Aquatics assistant, Fishery assistant, Fish farm worker, Water bailiff, Ghillie

Issuing Authority:

Lantra –

This apprenticeship will be withdrawn from 1 December 2016
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