follow this career you must love fish, be friendly, confident, honest, positive and able to communicate with people. You will also definitely need to know how to swim, have knowledge about the weather patterns and how they affect fish, an awareness of fish handling and transportation, knowledge of oxygen levels and water temperature and finally how to treat sick fish.
On an average day Marietjie will start off by checking all of her fish. “I will then check the water, boreholes and netting equipment. If I need to medicate the fish I will get their medication ready and administer it. When we need to go out and catch fish, I will make sure the nets are 100% and then brief the workers and go to the client. Once at the client we will catch the fish and either translocate them or relocate them. After we have done this we will have to dry the nets and dip them in case of diseases.
“The best thing about the job is that when it’s hot, you can’t wait to get into the cool water, the record amount of fish you can catch, seeing the fish you bred when they are big and the farmer’s wives making you delicious lunches,” laughs Marietjie. “The worst thing about the job is the crocodiles and the hippos. If you get too close they will storm you. Also, the snakes are not fun either.”
For those of you looking for a career, Marietjie says, “First see what careers are out there. For example, if you love animals then go into a career in nature conservation.”
Published By: Marli Merz & Matters