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Fisheries Biologist

Explore the life processes of fish.

What does a Fisheries Biologist do?

The fishing holes and tranquil ponds of your childhood are now your office. Working at a fishery — a place where fish are raised for observation and scientific study — you turn your appreciation for nature and eye for detail into a fitting job as a Fisheries Biologist.

Your work as a Fisheries Biologist is one piece of a bigger picture, just like your little fish friends are only one part of their large pond. Along with other Scientists, Fisheries Biologists monitor the fish, their environment, and their effects on the ecosystem. Curiosity drives you on your quest for knowledge. It’s time to answer once and for all what type of food each species eats and whether or not fish blink.

During the day, you travel back and forth between your ponds and your office, gathering water samples that you and your Lab Technicians examine under a microscope, or observing the behavior of fish in their natural habitats. You build a profile of each species that includes what they eat, where they live, and when they breed. Often, you travel to other areas to see new species not found in your location.

In the end, your work affects not only the fish, but the entire environment and the general population as well. What those fish eat eventually makes its way to humans, and most people don’t want chemicals or parasites on their dinner menus. Your work as a Fisheries Biologist keeps the environment healthy and balanced.