Fishermen/women (NOC 8262)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2018-2020)
Minimum Not published
Median 21.28$
Maximum 37.50$
Job prospect
(2019-2023)
Employment in 2018
1,000
Skill level
Technical (usually a college or secondary school vocational diploma)

Significant seasonality

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.

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
  • - Continued…
  • - 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.

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.

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