Fish Hatchery Manager

Career Overview

Fish hatchery managers raise fish as cash crops or for release into bodies of fresh or salt water. Their responsibilities include tracking fish life cycles and growth rates and controlling disease. The biggest challenge for fishery managers is integrating innovative methods of breeding and trapping fish that are environmentally conscientious and economically profitable. Fishery managers also supervise workers and prepare budget reports required by state and federal law.


A four-year bachelor's degree in fisheries science or a related field is likely required to obtain this position.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$30,000 /yr
$50,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Environmental science
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology!
Work Environment

Fish hatchery managers work in fish hatcheries! They will spend time in an office, but they will also spend a lot of time outdoors monitoring holding pens and incubators. Be ready to handle fish and to get dirty!

Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada