Fishermen/women (NOC 8262)

Significant seasonality

Job titles

Nature of work

Fishermen/women operate fishing vessels to pursue and land fish and other marine life. They are usually self-employed owner-operators of fishing vessels.

Fields of interest

  • Developing and working with natural resources
  • Doing sports or physical activities
  • Working for yourself
  • Working outdoors or with the environment
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Fishermen/women perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Operate fishing vessel to pursue and catch fish and other marine life
  • - Select area for fishing, plot courses and compute navigational positions using compasses and charts or electronic fishing aids
  • - Steer vessel and operate navigational instruments
  • - Operate fishing gear, direct fishing operation and supervise fishing crew members
  • - Maintain engine, fishing gear and other on-board equipment
  • - Record fishing activities, weather and sea conditions
  • - Estimate costs of operations and plan budget for each fishing season
  • - Establish fish marketing plan and keep records of all financial transactions
  • - May transport fish to processing plants or fish buyers.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Several years of experience as fishing vessel crew member or helper are usually required.
  • * A commercial fishing licence is required.
  • * Licences are required for each species of fish pursued.
  • * Trade certification for fish harvesters is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Skill type

  • Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

More information

  • * Progression to master or mate on fishing vessels over 100 gross tonnes is possible with additional training, licensing and experience.