Managers in Aquaculture

Occupation:Managers in Aquaculture

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

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

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Managers in Aquaculture most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 86% of Managers in Aquaculture who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $59,766. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Managers in Aquaculture80xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum:  N/A
Median: $53,780
Maximum:  N/A
Occupations in Management44,250Decline2,775Low
Minimum: $15.77
Median: $34.97
Maximum: $57.69
Minimum: $10,632
Median: $55,002
Maximum: $124,014
Managers in AquacultureCompared to: Occupations in Management
Percent employed full-time100%93%
Percent self-employed4%19%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentManagers in AquacultureCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Bretonxx13%$32,974
Annapolis Valley17%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeManagers in AquacultureCompared to: All Management
% Employed% Employed
Median Age4549
GenderManagers in AquacultureCompared to: Occupations in Management
% Employed% Employed
EducationManagers in AquacultureCompared to: All Management
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school12.5%x6.2%$30,033
High school37.5%x23.5%$37,496
Trades certificate12.5%x7.0%$41,701
College certificate or diplomaN/Ax20.6%$45,432
University certificate or diplomaN/Ax3.0%$59,985
Bachelor's degree25.0%x27.7%$66,107
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax1.9%$74,902
Master's degreeN/Ax9.2%$81,234
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%$79,443
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.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

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
Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council
38B John St, Suite 1
Yarmouth, NS B5A 3H2
Tel: (902) 742-6167
Fax: (902) 742-8391
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

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
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
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
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
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
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