NOC 8262 – Fishermen/women


  • beam trawl fisherman/woman
  • clam dredge operator
  • clam fisherman/woman
  • crab fisherman/woman
  • Danish seine fisherman/woman
  • fisherman/woman
  • fishing vessel skipper
  • gill net fisherman/woman
  • gillnetter skipper
  • handliner fisherman/woman
  • harpoon fisherman/woman
  • hoop net fisherman/woman
  • inshore fisherman/woman
  • line fisherman/woman
  • lobster fisherman/woman
  • longline fisherman/woman
  • longliner fisherman/woman
  • otter trawl fisherman/woman
  • pot fisherman/woman
  • pound net fisherman/woman
  • prawn fisherman/woman
  • purse seine fisherman/woman
  • scallop dredger
  • seaweed harvesting machine operator
  • seiner fisherman/woman
  • shellfish fisherman/woman
  • shore fisherman/woman
  • skipper, fishing vessel
  • skipper, gillnetter
  • swordfish fisherman/woman
  • trap boss – fishing
  • trap fisherman/woman
  • troller fisherman/woman
  • weir fisherman/woman

Job Duties

Fishermen/women perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate fishing vessel to pursue and catch fish and other marine life
  • Select area for fishing, plot courses and compute navigational positions using compasses and charts or electronic fishing aids
  • Steer vessel and operate navigational instruments
  • Operate fishing gear, direct fishing operation and supervise fishing crew members
  • Maintain engine, fishing gear and other on-board equipment
  • Record fishing activities, weather and sea conditions
  • Estimate costs of operations and plan budget for each fishing season
  • Establish fish marketing plan and keep records of all financial transactions
  • May transport fish to processing plants or fish buyers.

Employment Requirements

  • Several years of experience as fishing vessel crew member or helper are usually required.
  • Marine Emergency Duties Certificate is required by Transport Canada.
  • A valid Fishing Vessel Operator Certificate is required.
  • A commercial fishing licence is required.
  • Licences are required for each species of fish pursued.
  • Trade certification for fish harvesters is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Additional Information

  • Progression to master or mate on fishing vessels over 100 gross tonnes is possible with additional training, licensing and experience.


  • Fishing masters and officers (8261)
  • Fishing vessel deckhands (8441)

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