Fishing masters and officers (NOC 8261)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2017-2019)
Minimum Not published
Median Not published
Maximum Not published
Job prospect
Employment in 2018
Skill level
Technical (usually a college or secondary school vocational diploma)

Nature of work

Fishing masters and officers manage and operate saltwater and freshwater fishing vessels greater than 100 gross tonnes to pursue and land fish and other marine life. They are employed by establishments engaged in operating commercial fishing vessels.

Main duties

  • Fishing masters and officers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Command fishing vessels to catch fish and other marine life
  • - Determine areas for fishing, plot courses and compute navigational positions using compasses, charts, tables and other aids
  • - Steer vessels and operate navigational instruments and electronic fishing aids such as echo sounders and chart plotters
  • - Continued…
  • - Direct fishing operations and supervise crew activities
  • - Record fishing progress, crew activities, weather and sea conditions on ship's log
  • - Select and train vessel crews.

Employment requirements

  • * Some secondary school education is usually required.
  • * One to two years of experience as a fishing vessel deckhand is required.
  • * Captains require one year of service as officer in charge of the watch.
  • * A Fishing Master's Certificate is required for all occupations in this unit group.
  • * A commercial fishing licence is required.

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