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Seafood Processor

No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Seafood processors scale, clean, fillet, cut, shell, grade and pack seafood for sale or supply using knives, scalers and power equipment.

Seafood processors work in a cool and wet environment and may be required to stand for most of the day.

Protective clothing, including gloves, must be worn.

Seafood processors must adhere to strict hygiene conditions.

They are often required to start early in the morning to prepare seafood for the local markets or for export to other countries.


    Seafood processors may perform the following tasks:

  • inspect seafood on conveyors and sort for size and quality
  • fillet and trim fish
  • scrape skin and pick blood and other waste from pre-cooked seafood
  • grade and pack fish for live markets
  • shuck and process shellfish
  • pack seafood for transport
  • maintain temperature of seafood using a range of refrigeration devices
  • operate machines that fillet, portion, slice, peel, skin, weigh or label seafood
  • clean and sanitise equipment and work areas
  • adhere to requirements for food handling and safety practices


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • free from skin diseases or chest complaints
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to do quick and accurate work with hands
  • able to work as part of a team
  • safety-conscious

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No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

You can work as a seafood processor without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

You can also become a seafood processor through a traineeship in Seafood Processing.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Seafood Industry Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


Seafood processors work for seafood wholesalers and retailers, processing companies and on board fishing ships with processing facilities.

Seafood processing is often casual and seasonal in nature.

The increasing growth of the aquaculture industry has opened up new employment opportunities. Aquaculture products are aimed at specialised markets within Australia and overseas.

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