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26th Jun 2024

Recruiting for the aquaculture industry

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26th Jun 2024

Recruiting for the aquaculture industry presents a distinctive array of challenges, rooted in the specialised nature of the field and its varied demands, which can extend to specific species or production methodologies.

At its core, this industry requires individuals with a robust foundation spanning biology, marine science, feed management, operational expertise, and potentially engineering, setting a high bar for recruitment. This necessitates innovative approaches or a deep understanding of the industry to attract suitable candidates.

Interdisciplinary skills are pivotal in aquaculture, as professionals must navigate diverse domains to address multifaceted challenges. Identifying candidates who not only excel in their respective fields but also possess strong collaborative abilities crucial for supporting business success is a key focus in our candidate selection process.

The dynamic nature of aquaculture underscores the importance of industry-specific experience, particularly in niche areas like recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). However, sourcing individuals with diverse exposure and expertise across production and engineering, especially for senior roles, remains a significant challenge, highlighting the necessity for targeted talent acquisition strategies.

Geographic dispersion adds another layer of complexity, with remote locations often deterring potential candidates due to logistical constraints or lifestyle preferences. Overcoming this hurdle requires innovative incentives and a comprehensive assessment of candidates’ willingness to relocate, emphasising alignment with the company’s vision.

With sustainability becoming increasingly central, recruiters must identify candidates who not only excel in traditional aquaculture practices but also advocate for environmentally responsible approaches. Moreover, as technology continues to integrate into the sector, recruiters seek individuals who embrace innovation and demonstrate adaptability.

To overcome these challenges, recruiters must adopt innovative strategies such as leveraging social media, utilising existing networks and referrals, employing targeted approaches, and collaborating with educational institutions or regional governing bodies to cultivate specialized training programs.

Offering competitive compensation packages and fostering a culture of continuous learning are also crucial for talent retention and meeting the evolving needs of the aquaculture industry.

In essence, recruiting for the aquaculture industry demands a multifaceted approach to be successful in delivering on the brief.

Originally published in the June edition of International Aquafeed.

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