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Managers in Aquaculture

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NOC:0823
Occupation:Managers in Aquaculture
Category:Management

About the job

Nature of work:

Managers in aquaculture manage operations of facilities which cultivate and harvest fish, shellfish or marine plants for replenishment of wildlife stocks or for commercial sale. They are employed by public or private fish hatcheries and commercial aquatic farms, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties:
Managers in aquaculture perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Manage the overall operation of a fish hatchery, fish farm or other aquatic farm.
  • Identify requirements of the species and select and oversee preparation of site for species cultivation.
  • Coordinate selection and maintenance of brood stock.
  • Determine food requirements and structure feeding regimes.
  • Monitor environment and maintain optimum conditions.
  • Conduct and supervise stock examination to identify disease or parasites, and apply prescribed medicinal substances to control and prevent infection.
  • Operate and maintain cultivating and harvesting equipment.
  • Collect and record growth and production data.
  • Manage and train aquaculture and fish hatchery support workers and supervise technicians and technologists.
  • Maintain financial records and establish market strategies, inventory and quality control methods.
  • May scuba dive to inspect sea farm operations.
  • May design and construct pens, floating stations and collector strings or fences for sea farms.
Sample job titles:
  • aquaculture manager
  • aquaculture operator
  • fish farm manager
  • fish farm operator
  • fish farmer
  • fish hatchery operator
Skills:

To work in this field, you should enjoy working around water and marine life. You need an aptitude for administrative work and project management. Effective communication skills are important. Computer skills may be helpful.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • A college diploma in aquaculture or a related field is usually required.
  • A commercial aquaculture or fish hatchery licence, permit or lease is required for self-employed aquaculture managers.
Other considerations:

The majority of people in these jobs work for part of each year. When working, most are employed full-time with one-quarter working more than 50 hours per week. Several years of experience in fishing or aquaculture operations may sometimes provide a substitute for a college diploma in aquaculture.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

OccupationEstimated employment in 2011Estimated change in employment between 2015 and 2017Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2015-2017Estimated rate of unemployment in 2014 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2010
Managers in Aquaculture100xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum: $815
Median: $40,106
Maximum: $57,562
Occupations in Management46,200Stable3,380Low
Minimum: $16.03
Median: $32.31
Maximum: $54.95
Minimum: $12,243
Median: $51,896
Maximum: $109,628
Managers in AquacultureCompared to: Occupations in Management
Percent employed full-time100%93%
Percent self-employed0%18%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentManagers in AquacultureCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern Region77%N/A12%$30,581
Northern RegionxN/A16%$33,660
Cape BretonxN/A12%$32,974
HalifaxxN/A48%$41,209
Annapolis ValleyxN/A13%$32,958
Top 5 Industries of Employment% Employed
Agriculture68%
Other Industries32%
What are the workers like?
AgeManagers in AquacultureCompared to: Occupations in Management
% Employed% Employed
15-24x4%
25-34x13%
35-4436%26%
45-5432%33%
55-649%18%
65+x5%
Median Age4547
GenderManagers in AquacultureCompared to: Occupations in Management
% Employed% Employed
Female5%39%
Male95%61%
EducationManagers in AquacultureCompared to: Management
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school18.2%$22,2488.0%$30,033
High school36.4%$30,77922.5%$37,496
Trades certificatexN/A8.2%$41,701
College certificate or diploma9.1%$49,94019.5%$45,432
University certificate or diplomaxN/A5.8%$59,985
Bachelor's degreexN/A24.0%$66,107
University advanced certificate or diplomaxN/A2.8%$74,902
Master's degreexN/A8.3%$81,234
DoctoratexN/A0.7%$83,359
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxN/A0.2%$79,443
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
PO Box 463
Port Williams, NS B0P 1T0
Tel: (902) 670-0746 
Info@MaritimeCIM.com
Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council
38B John St, Suite 1
Yarmouth, NS B5A 3H2
Tel: (902) 742-6167
Fax: (902) 742-8391
info@nsfsc.ca
Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
1800 Argyle Street, 6th floor (Suite 607)
Halifax, NS B3J 2R5
Tel: (902) 424-4560
Fax: (902) 424-4671
Canadian Aquaculture Institute
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3
Tel: (902) 566-0336
Fax: (902) 566-0451
lifelong@upei.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
akerley.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
shelburne.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Aquaculture
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to select, culture, propagate, harvest, and market domesticated fish, shellfish, and marine plants, both freshwater and saltwater. These programs include courses in the basic principles of aquatic and marine biology; health and nutrition of aquatic and marine life; design and operation of fish farms, breeding facilities, culture beds, and related enterprises; and related issues of safety, applicable regulations, logistics, and supply.
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Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
PO Box 550
Truro, NS B2N 5E3
(902) 893-6600
enrolment.services@dal.ca
Program Name:Water, wetlands and marine resources management
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply the principles of marine/aquatic biology, oceanography, natural resource economics, and natural resources management to the development, conservation, and management of freshwater and saltwater environments. These programs include courses in subjects such as wetlands, riverine, lacustrian, coastal, and oceanic water resources; water conservation and use; flood control; pollution control; water supply logistics; wastewater management; aquatic and marine ecology; aquatic and marine life conservation; and the economic and recreational uses of water resources.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
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