ERIC Number: ED194160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Aquacultural Occupational Task Analysis.
Dung, Elaine; Wakui, Lawrence S.
A study was conducted by the Office of the Chancellor for Community Colleges in Hawaii to assess the vocational skills required of workers in the aquaculture industry and to determine if these skills should be reflected in the community college curriculum. In addition to a review of relevant literature, the study involved field observations at 17 aquafarms of varying sizes and personal interviews with their managers and/or owners. During the interviews, information was solicited concerning: (1) the length of time the farm had been in operation; (2) the use of technical advisors; (3) the salaries of managers, technicians, and field workers; (4) plans for expansion; (5) the tasks performed and the management strategies used at the farms; (6) research and development needs; (7) the future job outlook; and (8) recommendations for community college aquaculture courses. Selected findings indicate that eight of the farms had been in operation for more than five years and that 15 used technical advisors. While all interviewees planned to expand operations, most indicated that future job opportunities would be limited. Most aquafarms were experiencing problems or constraints related to the biological or chemical aspects of pond management. The study report outlines suggestions for aquaculture courses and provides a list of the tasks typically performed on an aquafarm and rates them according to frequency of performance, importance, and difficulty. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Community Coll. System.