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9463 – Fish and seafood plant workers

Fish and seafood plant workers set up and operate machinery to process and package fish and seafood products. Fish and seafood plant cutters and cleaners cut, trim and clean fish or seafood by hand. They are employed in fish and seafood processing plants.


Example titles

  • Fish cake maker
  • Fish canning machine operator
  • Fish cleaner and cutter
  • Fish cutting machine operator - fish processing
  • Fish plant worker
  • Seafood preparer - fish and seafood processing
  • Shellfish processor
  • Shellfish shucker
  • Trimmer - fish processing

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Fish and seafood plant machine operators
  • Set up and operate machines to clean, cut, cook, smoke, brine, dehydrate or otherwise process fish or seafood products
  • Set up and operate machines to can, bag, box or otherwise package fish and seafood products
  • Check products and packaging for defects and to ensure conformance to company standards and perform corrective machine adjustments as required
  • Record production information such as quantity, weight, date and type of products packaged.
Fish and seafood plant cutters and cleaners
  • Cut, clean and trim fish or seafood prior to marketing or further processing
  • Scrape away scales, cut fish, separate fillets and remove scrap parts using knife
  • Check fish fillets to determine optimal number and size of fillet sections, cut sections according to specifications and place in container for weighing
  • Disjoint and remove meat from lobsters or other crustaceans preparatory to canning or further processing.

Employment requirements

  • Some secondary school education may be required.
  • On-the-job training is required.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.


  • Labourers in fish and seafood processing (9618)
  • Supervisors, food and beverage processing (9213)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
9 – Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
Skill level
C – Occupations usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training.
Major group
94 – Processing and manufacturing machine operators and related production workers
Minor group
946 – Machine operators and related workers in food, beverage and associated products processing
Associated Career Handbook profiles
9463.1 – Fish and seafood plant machine operators 9463.2 – Fish plant cutters and cleaners
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