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9618 – Labourers in fish and seafood processing

Labourers in fish and seafood processing perform clean-up, packaging, material handling and other elemental activities related to fish and seafood processing. They are employed in fish and seafood processing and packaging plants.


Example titles

  • Cannery labourer
  • Fish briner - fish processing
  • Fish plant labourer
  • Fish salter - fish processing
  • Fish weigher
  • Shellfish labourer
  • Shellfish packer - fish processing

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Unload fish and shellfish from fishing vessels and transport them by hand or forklift truck to work area in fish processing plant
  • Immerse fresh fish fillets in brine solution to condition them for wrapping or freezing
  • Weigh fish or shellfish, record weight and pack fish in ice
  • Sort fish according to species, weight and destination
  • Clean work areas and equipment
  • Transport supplies and packaging materials throughout plant and storage area manually or with powered equipment
  • Measure and dump ingredients into hoppers of mixing and grinding machines.

Employment requirements

  • Some secondary school education may be required.

Additional information

  • Progression to other occupations in the fish processing industry is possible with experience.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
9 – Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
Skill level
D – On-the-job training is usually provided for occupations.
Major group
96 – Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
Minor group
961 – Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
Associated Career Handbook profiles
9618.0 – Labourers in fish and seafood processing
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