Where can Ichthyologist and Fisheries Scientist work?
An ichthyologist or a Fisheries Scientist is a person who devotes a career to studying and managing the fishery resources, which may involve shellfish or aquatic mammals as well as fishes.
Ichthyologists are involved in work all over the world. You can visit our Staff and Students page and check where our graduates are working.
Examples of Employment Opportunities
National and local agencies, such as the Marine and Coastal Management, South African National Parks and Water Research Commission (WRC) employ ichthyologists in research and administrative positions. Responsibilities of these agencies include management and development of commercial and sport fishing regulations, regulating use of coastal and wetland areas for recreation, identification of commercial adult and larval fish populations, and protection of endangered or threatened species.
University and School Teaching and Research
Many Ph.D. ichthyologists and fisheries scientists seek employment as university professors where their primary responsibilities are teaching, research and administration. Courses taught by ichthyologists usually include general biology and one or more specialized courses such as comparative anatomy, behaviour, biometry, ecology, or systematic, in addition to ichthyology.
Museum Curatorship and/or Collection Management
Many museum curators conduct research on a particular group of fishes, examining preserved fish specimens as a primary source of data. Collection managers are responsible for the proper preservation and handling of fish specimens, maintaining records, and assuring that the collection is accessible to other scientists for study.
Public Aquaria and the Aquarium Hobby
Jobs include aquarium maintenance and animal keeping, exhibit development, education, public outreach, and research on captive breeding and other aspects of maintaining live aquatic animal populations.
Ichthyologists at conservation agencies, such as Conservation International and the World Wildlife Fund, work with other biologists to develop conservation plans for species and species communities.
Fish and Shellfish Farms
In a fish or shellfish farm you may work on ocean pens off the coast growing marine finfish, or on inland farms where freshwater species can be cultivated in ponds. The South African growing aquaculture industry is concerned with the raising of aquatic animals and plants for many reasons including production of food and home aquaria.