What is a Fishery Manager?

What Is a Fishery?

A fishery is a place where fish and other marine life like shellfish are cultivated, cared for, and then harvested for food.

What Does a Fishery Manager Do?

Fishery Managers oversee the activities that occur at a fishery, which includes but is not limited to: screening cultivation areas, monitoring fish growth, maintaining equipment, prepping food, distributing medications, and coordinate with other managers in affiliated fisheries. They will also engage in normal management activities, such as assigning tasks to workers, training new workers, scheduling, record keeping, and remedying any issues that may arise (disease, low quality harvest, etc.).

Where Does a Fishery Manager Work?

Fishery Managers work at fisheries, which are more industrial environments consisting of large ponds, pools, or tanks where the fish are kept. There may also be a great deal of heavy equipment around, which can be potentially dangerous if standard safety procedures are not following. Though many fishery facilities are indoors, some may be located outdoors and require that the Fishery Manager be exposed to adverse weather conditions.

Most Fishery Managers work full-time with a lot of potential for overtime and abnormal hours, since fish require constant care and oversight. Some Fishery Managers may have to travel to different fisheries throughout the day or oversee multiple crews.

What Is the Average Fishery Manager's Salary?

The average salary for a Fishery Manager hovers around $43,480. The lowest-tier salaries averaged around $31,700, while the top-tier salaries averaged around $124,160.

The salary can vary a great deal depending on the size and success of the fishery, as most fisheries will yield crops of different sizes and quality every year.

Environmental Scientist Salary Table

Location Total Employment Annual Salary
United States 34,510 $41,700
Alabama 660 $39,800
Alaska 220 $39,610
Arizona 700 $44,590
Arkansas 190 $36,680
California 3,690 $46,110
Colorado 1,050 $45,190
Connecticut 350 $46,070
Delaware 190 $34,750
District of Columbia 330 $27,000
Florida 1,780 $34,520
Georgia 540 $41,050
Hawaii 220 $40,410
Idaho 190 $49,180
Illinois 1,170 $42,730
Indiana 570 $36,980
Iowa 320 $38,820
Kansas 190 $44,450
Kentucky 450 $42,610
Louisiana 390 $35,970
Maine 160 $36,470
Maryland 530 $51,580
Massachusetts 1,110 $36,380
Michigan 920 $42,260
Minnesota 440 $42,880
Mississippi 160 $37,870
Missouri 300 $42,410
Montana 130 $39,870
Nebraska 170 $50,140
Nevada 390 $62,630
New Hampshire 240 $37,590
New Jersey 1,050 $39,580
New Mexico 230 $45,640
New York 2,470 $43,810
North Carolina 1,170 $38,000
North Dakota 180 $37,320
Ohio 1,140 $40,120
Oklahoma 480 $34,600
Oregon 310 $51,080
Pennsylvania 1,620 $39,540
Rhode Island 40 $56,620
South Carolina 790 $63,650
South Dakota 100 $26,900
Tennessee 910 $45,990
Texas 2,820 $39,540
Utah 420 $46,050
Vermont 70 $43,710
Virginia 610 $43,230
Washington 1,160 $53,420
West Virginia 380 $36,210
Wisconsin 670 $39,960
Wyoming 140 $39,210
Puerto Rico 120 $25,790

Table data taken from nation BLS (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes194091.htm)

Fishery Management Jobs & Job Description

Recent Fishery Manager Job Listings

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Fishery manager careers focus on care and husbandry (spawning) of commercial or natural fish hatcheries. Most managers are experts in the fish and aquatic conditions that are found in a particular region of the world, or type of water. While jobs do vary, there are a subset of tasks that are common to most fishery management careers, like:

  • Plan and coordinate stock assessment activities
  • Act as advocate and spokesperson for fish and ecosystem concerns within that specialty
  • Network with other fisheries personnel, researchers, professionals, and advocacy groups to preserve and monitor habitats and stock
  • Prepare reports and presentations for internal and external stakeholders, policy-makers, commercial interests, and the public
  • Collect samples and conduct research both in the lab and in the field
  • Ensure data collection and recordkeeping is accurate and follows relevant safety procedures
  • Connect with national databases in order to share information and assessments
  • Read current research and scientific literature in the field
  • Implement strategies and participate in associated monitoring
  • Consult on and implement habitat mitigation and remediation measures
  • Consult on environmental and site assessments

Senior fishery manager jobs often have more managerial and financial tasks to help an organization manage their time, budgeting, benchmarks and communications. Some common tasks may include:

  • Allowing researcher access
  • Presenting findings to administration and external stakeholders
  • Coordinating peer-review sessions for process improvement and strategy
  • Constructing budgets and timelines for workgroup
  • Serving as point of contact for peer-review data calls and planning
  • Serving on agency working groups to provide peer-review
  • Conducting initial reviews of assessments
  • Coordinating fisheries and aquatic ecosystems projects
  • Coordinating technical details for a range of cross-disciplinary environmental projects
  • Coordinating data collection and input, interpretation, and reporting
  • Navigating environmental regulations and environmental approvals processes
  • Designing erosion and sediment control systems

What Is the Job Demand for Fishery Managers?

Job prospects for Fishery Managers is expected to decline by 19% in the next ten years rather than grow. Large corporate fisheries are now able to produce larger crops with fishery farms and fewer workers, leading to a lack of demand in the industry. However, Fishery Managers who wish to work for larger corporations may see more opportunities in the future.

Smaller farms are slowly going out of business thanks to the success of larger farms and the rising expenses of supplies required to keep a fishery running. However, smaller farms who find a niche following in local, organic, or other markets can be successful.

What are the educational requirements to become a Fishery Manager?

Most Fishery Managers are required to have a Bachelor's degree, particularly in the Natural Sciences, Aquaculture, Technology, or other related field. Most do not go on to pursue Master's degree or higher education.

Hands-on experience is highly valued for becoming a Fishery Manager. Working at a Fish Farm for several years before pursuing this career is advisable. Taking coursework in natural sciences, statistics, accounting, management, and database administration is recommended.

Degrees Related to Fishery Management

What Kind of Societies and Professional Organizations Do Fishery Managers Have?

Fishery Managers and those who wish to become Fishery Managers can look to the following government sites for guidance:

  • United States Department of Agriculture: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/
    This bureau within the Federal Government's Department of the Interior leads the way on all issues concerning food, agriculture, rural America, and nutrition. They keep rich databases detailing the latest government policies and technologies relevant to agriculture.
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): http://www.fda.gov
    This Federal Government Agency protects public health by regulating the production of prescription drugs, supplements, foods, and other products we consume. They provide the most up-to-date information about current food production regulations, making them an invaluable resource for Fishery Managers.

Fishery Managers can also browse through these organizations and websites for valuable resources:

  • National Aquaculture Association (NAA): http://thenaa.net
    A national non-profit that united Aquaculture workers from all over the U.S. and provides a voice to relevant national issues and works to improve demand for farm-raised seafood through educational programs. They also offer conferences and workshops to members that help Fishery Managers stay updated and educated on improvements in the industry.
  • GameWarden.org - Learn about the ins and outs of the game warden industry.

Keep in mind that there are state-specific aquaculture associations throughout the United States that may also be worth looking into.