Do you like to protect and care for your Nation’s natural resources?
If the majority of these statements apply, you could like working in aquaculture.
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What’s It All About?
Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers include aquaculture support workers, marine plant gatherers, shellfish diggers and other workers in aquaculture and fishing.
People who work harvesting seafood usually travel in boats, set nets or hook and line gear, haul in catches, clean their fish, and bring their catch to buyers.
They typically work in public or private fish hatcheries and commercial aquatic farms. They may also be self employed.
They may work as part of a team for long hours away from home and may work only part of the year (i.e., seasonal). For those who own their own boats, gear maintenance, marine navigation, and business skills like marketing your catch are a must.
Other jobs in fishing and harvesting include diving for species like tut?up (sea urchins), geoducks and sea cucumbers or gathering species like gooseneck barnacles or clams.
Clam diggers need to be in good physical shape and have some experience digging clams.
You must have a tidal waters sport fishing license to harvest shellfish in salt water, including tidal water boundary areas in rivers. Know the location of area closures and find out what fishing activities are permitted – in many areas of British Columbia, fishing is not allowed or is restricted.
Listen to Josh Tate talk about achieving his goal of becoming an aquaculture technician. He works at the Nitinat River Hatchery and helps to provide fish to his communities.
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Shellfish Farmer in British Columbia.
(2022, April 8). Government of Canada Job Bank. Retrieved May 7, 2022, from https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/marketreport/wages-occupation/296039/BC
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