Fisheries technician

Fisheries technicians often work on project management, production management or quality control in fish processing plants, fish sales companies or with regulators. The job can also entail the purchase of raw materials at fish markets and/or writing descriptions of raw materials for potential buyers.

In your job as a fisheries technician, you could work in collaboration with the owners and staff of fish processing and fishing companies, fish markets and fish shops, but also provide advice to companies in the fishing industry.

Main tasks

– organizing the processing of raw materials
– making plans for production and profitability
– training staff, teaching procedures and explaining trimming and packaging rules
– buying raw materials at fish markets, directly from shipowners or abroad
– overseeing quality control; inspecting raw materials, finished products and packaging

Competence requirements

Fisheries technicians need to have sufficient basic knowledge to be able to handle general work supervision, quality classification and control of machines in fish processing. A fisheries technicians also needs to be able to undertake monitoring, training and management. It is an advantage to be interested in the diverse aspects of the fishing industry. Fisheries technicians work with various machines and equipment used to maximize the quality and value of fish.


The Icelandic College of Fisheries (Fisktækniskóli Íslands) offers a variety of studies in the fisheries sector at secondary school level. This is a practical two-year course that is structured with alternating semesters in school and in the workplace. Validation of prior learning has taken place and/or may be available.

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