Aquaculture Managers

(NOC 0823)

in All Management

Aquaculture managers plan, organize, direct and control the operations of businesses that cultivate and harvest fish, shellfish or marine plants for replacement of wildlife stocks or for commercial sale. They work for 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 -245 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 3210 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Managers in Aquaculture most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 71% 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

$16.70

Minimum

$45.17

Median

$58.17

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,632

Minimum

$55,002

Median

$124,014

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Aquaculture managers plan, organize, direct and control the operations of businesses that cultivate and harvest fish, shellfish or marine plants for replacement of wildlife stocks or for commercial sale. They work for public or private fish hatcheries and commercial aquatic farms, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Aquaculture managers:

  • Manage a fish hatchery, fish farm or other aquatic farm.
  • Identify requirements of the species and oversee preparation of the site for species cultivation.
  • Coordinate selection and maintenance of brood stock.
  • Determine food requirements and structure feeding regimes.
  • Monitor environment and maintain optimum conditions.
  • Supervise examination of stock to identify disease or parasites and apply prescribed medicine to control and prevent infection.
  • Use 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.
  • Keep financial records and create market strategies, inventory and quality control methods.
  • May scuba dive to inspect sea farm operations.
  • May design and build 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

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

  • High school is required.
  • A college diploma in aquaculture or a related field is usually necessary.
  • 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

90

employed in 2016

82.4%

employed full-time

17.6%

self employed

23.5%
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76.5%
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45.1

median age

Compared to: All Management

44,250

employed in 2016

91.2%

employed full-time

18.9%

self employed

40.5%
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59.5%
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48.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

29.4%

Southern

29.4%

Halifax

23.5%

North Shore

17.6%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

87.5%

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

12.5%

Public administration

What is the age of Employment?

40.0%

35-44

33.0%

45-54

27.0%

55-64

Compared to: All Management

30.7%

45-54

23.1%

35-44

21.7%

55-64

14.0%

25-34

7.8%

65+

Top levels of education

35.3%

High school

N/A
29.4%

Bachelor

N/A
11.8%

Apprenticeship

N/A
11.8%

College Diploma

N/A
11.8%

Master

N/A

Compared to: All Management

27.2%

Bachelor

$71,875 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$42,294 median annual income
20.4%

College Diploma

$50,256 median annual income
9.1%

Master

$93,261 median annual income
7.2%

Apprenticeship

$44,396 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Siploma or Equivalent

High School Program

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

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs prepare students to select, culture, grow, harvest, and market domesticated fish, shellfish, and marine plants, both freshwater and saltwater. They include courses in the 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

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Water, Wetlands and Marine Resources Management

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs 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. They include courses in subjects like wetlands, river, lake, 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

Additional resources

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