Aquaculture Harvest Labourer



We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters.

Jaques Cousteau, Explorer
Aquaculture Harvest Labourer

In A Nutshell

As an aquaculture harvester, I’m responsible for collecting fish from our growing areas and processing them for market

I help our aquaculture workers and technicians feed, clean, grade, and maintain our fish stocks and tanks

I keep daily records of harvest sizes, and pass on those numbers to managers and people who want to buy our fish


Potential Salary Range

$12.50 - $17.00 Hourly

Which provinces would this job be in?

British Columbia BC
British Columbia
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Ontario ON
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island
Quebec QC

I get to work with my hands, and things can get pretty messy when I'm harvesting. I’m also spend a lot of time on or around water when I'm working in tanks and with live fish


Indoor / Outdoor

Job Requirements & Duties

  • Take fish from growing tanks when they’re the right size.
  • Butcher and process fish.
  • Safely package fish so it can be shipped and sold.
  • Record information and data about the fish I harvest.
  • Feed fish and clean tanks.
  • Work on pumps and other aquaculture equipment to keep them running properly.

Education & Training

  • Some high school education is usually required, and some forms of aquaculture may require a specific harvesting license, like shellfish harvesting

Job Outlook

    The job outlook for most of the aquaculture industry is generally classified as fair. However, many types of aquaculture operate seasonally, and may not employ people year-round

Related School Subjects

Practical Applied Arts

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Fish Aquatic Fisheries Animal Production Shellfish Sea Cage Marine Wildlife

Important Skills



I work with many other technicians, labourers, and managers, and need strong people skills to keep our team working smoothly

Customer Service

It’s important that my clients feel I’m listening to their wants and needs and helping them to achieve their goals – maintaining relationships are important in this role. 


I keep lots of logs and notes about the fish I harvest, it’s important to keep all that data organized


In addition to the harvesting tools I use, it’s good to feel comfortable dealing with plumbing, pumps, and specialized aquaculture equipment


The Best Things About This Job Are…

Working with Animals
Helps Others
Working in a Small Business