Seafood Processing Industry

Introduction

Seafood processing factories typically process fresh and frozen product from seafood suppliers and fishermen.

Factories may process:

  • rock lobster
  • oysters
  • kingfish
  • tuna
  • orange roughy
  • abalone
  • and more

Work varies depending on the season.

Type of Jobs

Type of job

  • factory manager
  • supervisor
  • forklift drivers
  • fish filleters
  • WH&S
  • admin

Seasonality

Differs depending on the species i.e. for us tuna from late March to late August, lobster from November to May

Typical wage

Refer to the seafood award

Hours

Varies depending on volume of product, weather conditions. Varies depending on position in the factory.

Qualifications and experience desired/essential

Factory workers

  • knife skills
  • filleting
  • forklift license.

Marketers

  • marketing degree
  • and/or export sales experience
  • management skills

Best part of the job

Meeting new people, learning new skills.

With the attitude and experience working in a factory can lead to other areas in the business e.g. factory manager, marketing/sales, logistics manager.