Managers in Aquaculture

(NOC 0823)

in All Management

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 Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Management

  • Estimate Decline employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 2775 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

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)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$53,780

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Management

Hourly Pay

$15.77

Minimum

$34.97

Median

$57.69

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,632

Minimum

$55,002

Median

$124,014

Maximum

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

Skills

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 high 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.

By the numbers

Quick look

80

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

12.5%

self employed

22.2%
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77.8%
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45.1

median age

Compared to: All Management

44,250

employed in 2016

93.3%

employed full-time

18.6%

self employed

40.5%
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59.5%
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48.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

27.8%

Southern

27.8%

Halifax

22.2%

Northern

16.7%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

87.5%

Agriculture

12.5%

Public Administration

What is the age of Employment?

29.4%

55-64

29.4%

45-54

23.5%

25-34

11.8%

15-24

11.8%

35-44

11.8%

65+

Compared to: All Management

31.8%

45-54

23.8%

35-44

22.6%

55-64

13.2%

25-34

6.2%

65+

Top levels of education

37.5%

High school

N/A
25.0%

Bachelor's degree

N/A
12.5%

Less than high school

N/A
12.5%

Trades certificate

N/A
12.5%

Doctorate

N/A

Compared to: All Management

27.7%

Bachelor's degree

$66,107 median annual income
23.5%

High school

$37,496 median annual income
20.6%

College certificate or diploma

$45,432 median annual income
9.2%

Master's degree

$81,234 median annual income
7.0%

Trades certificate

$41,701 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Aquaculture

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes 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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

Water, wetlands and marine resources management

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes 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.

Institutions providing this program

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

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

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

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