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8613 – Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers

Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers include aquaculture support workers, marine plant gatherers, shellfish diggers and other labourers in aquaculture and fishing. Aquaculture support workers are employed by public or private fish hatcheries and commercial aquatic farms. Marine plant gatherers and mollusk harvesters may be self-employed.


Example titles

  • Aquaculture support worker
  • Clam digger
  • Dulse gatherer
  • Fish farm helper
  • Fish tagger
  • Fry marker
  • Marine plant gatherer
  • Oyster picker
  • Sea farm attendant
  • Seaweed gatherer
  • Shellfish harvester

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
    Aquaculture support workers
    • Assist aquaculture technicians in the operation of fish hatcheries or other aquatic farms
    • Feed aquaculture stocks, vaccinate stocks, perform culling and marking or banding techniques and report any observed irregularities in stocks
    • Operate, maintain and clean pumps, filters, tanks and other aquaculture equipment and clean and maintain aquaculture enclosures
    • Keep daily records of water flow and fish, shellfish and marine plant samples
    • Grade and weigh aquaculture stocks
    • Prepare aquaculture stocks for market
    • May operate boats for aquaculture operations.
    Marine plant gatherers
    • Rake seaweed, dulse or Irish moss from beach, rocks or shallow water and load into a cart, wagon or other receptacles
    • Spread gatherings to dry and remove foreign objects
    • Transport gatherings to processing plant.
    Mollusk harvesters
    • Dig clams from beds with spades, forks or other instruments, or collect other mollusks
    • Clean, sort and transport mollusks to market.

Employment requirements

  • Some secondary school education is usually required.
  • Shellfish harvesters require commercial fishing licences.
  • Marine Emergency Duties certificate may be required for some occupations in this unit group.

Additional information


  • Fishermen/women (8262)
  • Fishing vessel deckhands (8441)
  • Managers in aquaculture (0823)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
8 – Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
Skill level
D – On-the-job training is usually provided for occupations.
Major group
86 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
Minor group
861 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
Associated Career Handbook profiles
8613.1 – Aquaculture support workers 8613.2 – Marine plant gatherers 8613.3 – Mollusk harvesters
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