NOC 8261 – Fishing masters and officers

 

  • boatswain, fishing vessel
  • bo’sun, fishing vessel
  • captain, factory freezer trawler
  • captain, fishing vessel
  • captain, offshore fishing vessel
  • deck officer, fishing vessel
  • factory freezer trawler captain
  • first mate, fishing vessel
  • fishing master
  • fishing vessel boatswain
  • fishing vessel bo’sun
  • fishing vessel captain
  • fishing vessel master
  • fishing vessel mate
  • fishing vessel navigation officer
  • fishing vessel second mate
  • master, fishing vessel
  • mate, fishing vessel
  • navigation officer, fishing vessel
  • second mate, fishing vessel
  • trawler captain

Job Duties

Fishing masters and officers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Command fishing vessels to catch fish and other marine life
  • Determine areas for fishing, plot courses and compute navigational positions using compasses, charts, tables and other aids
  • Steer vessels and operate navigational instruments and electronic fishing aids such as echo sounders and chart plotters
  • Direct fishing operations and supervise crew activities
  • Record fishing progress, crew activities, weather and sea conditions on ship’s log
  • Select and train vessel crews.

Employment Requirements

  • Some secondary school education is usually required.
  • One to two years of experience as a fishing vessel deckhand is required.
  • Captains require one year of service as officer in charge of the watch.
  • A Fishing Master’s Certificate is required for all occupations in this unit group.
  • Marine Emergency Duties Certificate is required by Transport Canada.
  • A valid Fishing Vessel Operator Certificate is required for all occupations in this unit group.
  • A commercial fishing licence is required.

Additional Information

  • Completion of Transport Canada examinations is required to advance from Fishing Master Class IV through Class I. Training programs are provided in provincial training centres.
  • Progression to merchant or government vessel officer positions (which require a Marine Officer Certificate) is possible with additional training and experience.

Exclusions

  • Deck officers, water transport (2273)
  • Fishermen/women (8262)
  • Fishing vessel engineers requiring a Transport Canada licence (in 2274 Engineer officers, water transport)

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