NOC 8262 – Fishermen/women



Fishermen/women operate fishing vessels to pursue and land fish and other marine life. They are usually self-employed owner-operators of fishing vessels.

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

Main 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.
  • 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.

All Titles

  • beam trawl fisherman/womanbeam trawl fisherman, beam trawl fisherwoman
  • clam dredge operator
  • clam fisherman/womanclam fisherman, clam fisherwoman
  • crab fisherman/womancrab fisherman, crab fisherwoman
  • Danish seine fisherman/womanDanish seine fisherman, Danish seine fisherwoman
  • fisherman/womanfisherman, fisherwoman
  • fishing vessel skipper
  • gill net fisherman/womangill net fisherman, gill net fisherwoman
  • gillnetter skipper
  • handliner fisherman/womanhandliner fisherman, handliner fisherwoman
  • harpoon fisherman/womanharpoon fisherman, harpoon fisherwoman
  • hoop net fisherman/womanhoop net fisherman, hoop net fisherwoman, pound net fisherman, pound net fisherwoman
  • inshore fisherman/womaninshore fisherman, inshore fisherwoman
  • line fisherman/womanline fisherman, line fisherwoman
  • lobster fisherman/womanlobster fisherman, lobster fisherwoman
  • longline fisherman/womanlongline fisherman, longline fisherwoman
  • longliner fisherman/womanlongliner fisherman, longliner fisherwoman
  • otter trawl fisherman/womanotter trawl fisherman, otter trawl fisherwoman
  • pot fisherman/womanpot fisherman, pot fisherwoman
  • pound net fisherman/woman
  • prawn fisherman/womanprawn fisherman, prawn fisherwoman
  • purse seine fisherman/womanpurse seine fisherman, purse seine fisherwoman
  • scallop dredger
  • seaweed dragger
  • seaweed harvesting machine operator
  • seiner fisherman/womanseiner fisherman, seiner fisherwoman
  • shellfish fisherman/womanshellfish fisherman, shellfish fisherwoman
  • shellfish harvester operator
  • shore fisherman/womanshore fisherman, shore fisherwoman
  • skipper, fishing vessel
  • skipper, gillnetter
  • swordfish fisherman/womanswordfish fisherman, swordfish fisherwoman
  • trap boss – fishing
  • trap fisherman/womantrap fisherman, trap fisherwoman
  • troller fisherman/womantroller fisherman, troller fisherwoman
  • weir fisherman/woman


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



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