Trout Farmer



OFO No: 622101





Other names for Trout Farmer:

Aquaculture Farm Foreman
Aquaculture Production Supervisor
Fish Production Foreman
Hatchery Foreman
Hatchery Manager (Fresh Water Fish)
Netting Foreman

What is a Trout Farmer?

Trout Farmers spawn and raise trout for commercial purposes. See under Aquaculturist and Ichthyologist on our website for more details.

Most Trout Farmers have their own farms, from which they run commercial trout fishing operations. 

Most Trout Farms have guesthouses and overnight facilities, which serve as an extra income for the farmer.  Trout fishing is a growing industry in South Africa, with more people taking it up as a hobby.

What do Trout Farmers do?

  • they breed and raise trout fish
  • clean and prepare fish
  • collect data and record growth, production and environmental info
  • supervise stock examinations
  • identify diseases
  • deliver to markets
  • monitor fish breed programs
  • build tanks
  • maintain tannks and machinery and other equipment
  • manage fish hatchery workers

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in fish?
  • a person who likes science?
  • interested in the environment?
  • interested in research?
  • good with your hands?
  • willing to work hard?

How do I become a Trout Farmer?


Learnership – Animal Production NQF Level 1 , 2 and 3


Bachelor of Science in Aquaculture 

  • University of Zululand


Postgraduate Diploma in Aquaculture 

  • University of Stellenbosch


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Limnologist … or … Water Care Technologist

Is becoming a Trout Farmer the right career choice for me?