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Aquaculture and Marine Harvest Labourers

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NOC:8613
Occupation:Aquaculture and Marine Harvest Labourers
Category:Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

About the job

Nature of work:

This group includes aquaculture support workers, marine plant gatherers, shellfish diggers and other labourers in aquaculture and fishing. Aquaculture support workers are employed by public or private fish hatcheries and commercial aquatic farms. Marine plant gatherers and mollusk harvesters may be self-employed.

Job duties:
Aquaculture support workers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Assist aquaculture technicians in the operation of fish hatcheries or other aquatic farms.
  • Feed aquaculture stocks, vaccinate stocks, perform culling and marking or banding techniques and report any observed irregularities in stocks.
  • Operate, maintain and clean pumps, filters, tanks and other aquaculture equipment and clean and maintain aquaculture enclosures.
  • Keep daily records of water flow and fish samples.
  • Grade and weigh aquaculture stocks.
  • Prepare aquaculture stocks for market.
  • May operate boats aquaculture operations.
Other workers in this group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Marine plant gatherers: Rake seaweed, dulse or Irish moss from beach, rocks or shallow water and load into a cart, wagon or other receptacles. They spread gatherings to dry and remove foreign objects and transport gatherings to processing plant.
  • Shellfish harvesters dig clams from beds with spades, forks or other instruments, or collect oysters and clean, sort and transport shellfish to market
Sample job titles:
  • aquaculture worker
  • clam digger
  • fish farm helper
  • fish hatchery attendant
  • lobster pound attendant
  • mussel harvester
  • shellfish harvester
Skills:

To work in these jobs, you should have good health, physical stamina, and strength. Agility, coordination, and mechanical aptitude would be helpful. You must also be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements:
  • Some secondary school education is usually required.
  • Shellfish harvesters require commercial fishing licences.
Other considerations:

Most workers in these jobs work for part of the year and typically earn less than half the yearly income of employees who work for the whole year. Wages will vary according to the specific type of work performed, and annual incomes of many workers in these jobs are relatively low. They are often exposed to harsh weather conditions. The physical demands of this work may make it difficult for people to stay in these jobs for a long time.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. 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. Aquaculture and Marine Harvest Labourers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. With employment conditions being seasonal in nature, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year are fairly common.

The median employment income for 18% of Aquaculture and Marine Harvest Labourers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $31,690. 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
Aquaculture and Marine Harvest Labourers240Strong growth30High
Minimum: $11.18
Median: $14.53
Maximum: $24.79
Minimum: $1,778
Median: $11,678
Maximum: $35,820
Occupations in Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining14,665Decline slightly910High
Minimum: $10.85
Median: $16.00
Maximum: $31.88
Minimum: $4,009
Median: $23,520
Maximum: $87,170
Aquaculture and Marine Harvest LabourersCompared to: Occupations in Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
Percent employed full-time75%84%
Percent self-employed9%22%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentAquaculture and Marine Harvest LabourersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern56%$37,10812%$30,581
Northern11%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton12%x13%$32,974
Halifax12%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley7%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeAquaculture and Marine Harvest LabourersCompared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% Employed% Employed
15-2415%x
25-344%8%
35-4415%19%
45-5425%42%
55-6431%26%
65+8%4%
Median Age5045
GenderAquaculture and Marine Harvest LabourersCompared to: Occupations in Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% Employed% Employed
Female14%15%
Male86%85%
EducationAquaculture and Marine Harvest LabourersCompared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school45.9%$11,15934.0%$14,445
High school25.7%$10,50831.5%$14,229
Trades certificate9.5%$17,57314.0%$19,107
College certificate or diploma17.6%$18,90814.3%$21,289
University certificate or diplomax$13,8591.1%$17,641
Bachelor's degreex$12,5854.3%$15,980
University advanced certificate or diplomaxx0.3%$17,206
Master's degreexx0.4%x
Doctoratexx0.1%$10,708
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxxN/AN/A
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.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Nova Scotia Department of Environment
PO Box 442
Halifax, NS B3J 2P8
Tel: (902) 424-3600
Fax: (902) 424-0503

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
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