Do you wonder if a job on the water is for you?
If most of these statements apply then you could enjoy harvesting your Nation’s seafood
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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.
Download the fishing & harvesting career fact sheet
And Keep a Copy for Yourself
Read a cool story about the T’aaq-wiihak taa?inwa fishery
Nuu-chah-nulth divers recently harvested 16,000 pounds of taa?inwa.
Listen to Josh Gillette, Kyuquot, BC, talking about how he achieved his dream of owning a boat and being a fisherman like his father and grandfather.
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