Career Guide

“Getting back into the shellfish aquaculture industry was on my mind from time to time after working on my nation's farm back in 2005. I now have two kids and a partner that was also interested in working in this type of industry, so we decided to search for shellfish farms in the Barkley Sound area and Casanova Seafoods Inc. came up.

Although challenging at times juggling my day job, two kids, and then the pandemic which halted oyster sales for some time, we managed to hang in there and did what we could to keep operations going. This is a family-run business with me and my husband doing most of the work, with occasional help from family and friends. My oldest child has even started helping with the odd tasks.

I really enjoy managing the farm, being my own boss and having that sense of accomplishment that we did this on our own. On top of that, our kids love going to the cabin and it makes me happy to see them enjoy this kind of lifestyle. I hope they will appreciate operating the farm too so they can take over one day if they wish to do so.”

Introduction

Are you interested in a marine-based career? Or maybe you just want to learn more about the opportunities that are out there? Either way, you’re in the right place.

This Career Guide gives you the information you need to work in careers related to the ocean.

Learn about jobs available on fishing boats, in fish processing plants, or in aquaculture. Find out what training and education you need to get jobs in fisheries and oceans research, as well as managing fisheries and enforcing related laws.

The Guide will help you identify what your strengths and interests are, and assist you in determining what environment is a good fit for you. 

Whether you are interested in getting a job now, starting your own business, or going to school before entering the workforce, this Career Guide gives you the tools you need to get started.

About the Guide

In 2006, the Council of Ha’wiih (Hereditary Chiefs) from Nuu-chah-nulth Nations decided that attracting Nuu-chah-nulth youth to marine-based jobs and careers was an important priority for our communities.

Located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island in more than 20 different locations, Nuu-chah-nulth Nations have always been an ocean people. Yet changes and history have distanced us from our resources.

Working on behalf of the Council of Ha’wiih, Uu-a-thluk staff and contractors created this Career Guide —first in print and then digitally —to show the many ways Nuu-chah-nulth can continue to make a living in and around the ocean. 

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