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Oceans Resources - Fisheries and Aquaculture

Oceans Resources - Fisheries and Aquaculture

Develop knowledge and skills with a focus on sustainable fisheries and aquaculture practices to prepare for careers in the seafood industry and oceans resources management.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Shelburne Campus • Shelburne Full time • In-class Seats available


Nova Scotia is defined by the sea. Our history, economic growth and development were derived from fishing and related activities, such as boat building and transportation. Seafood harvesting and production remains a key economic driver for rural coastal communities.

This program provides you with a solid grounding in fisheries science, fishing practices, fish biology and disease control, economics of the fisheries, seafood processing, sustainable harvesting, fish husbandry and disease control, quality control, waste management in fishing production, eco-certification requirements and food science. At the end of your program, you complete an applied entrepreneurship or capstone project and develop knowledge and skill to address critical issues and future opportunities in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

You gain a sound understanding of scientific and business challenges and trends for the seafood harvesting, seafood processing and aquaculture sector. Courses focus on seafood harvesting, marine and freshwater aquaculture, seafood processing and seafood (water) quality issues. The goal is to provide skills in the fisheries sector, supported by a base in science and business required to respond to current industry needs for productivity, competitiveness and sustainability. Graduates will have the skills, knowledge and certifications needed to work in the harvesting, processing and aquaculture sectors of the seafood industry.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, or throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Graduates may find employment opportunities in: seafood harvesting and processing facilities, government fisheries departments, fishing industry associations, tourism industry and regulatory organizations.

Choose NSCC

  • Faculty are experienced in both theory and field work and have developed professional relationships with employers and industry. They guide, mentor and support your career development in this emerging field.
  • You learn the latest practices and technologies that employers require. The program is designed with the input of industry leaders to ensure you get current and relevant skills.
  • You experience practical hands-on learning.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • Some travel is required and varies, based on your specific program plan. Additional costs include meals and accommodation.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ORFA 1000   Introduction to the Seafood Industry
ORFA 1001   Safety I - Industry
ORFA 1002   The Seafood industry – History, Management and Future Trends
ORFA 1003   Marine Biology I – Basics in Marine Biology
ORFA 1004   Aquaculture I – The Aquaculture Industry and Fish Husbandry
ORFA 1005   Seafood Processing I
ORFA 1006   Business I - Introduction the Seafood Business Environment
ORFA 1007   Safety II - Seamanship
ORFA 1008   Seamanship Skills and Gear
ORFA 1009   Seafood Quality I - Food Safety
ORFA 1010   Essential Workplace Communication Skills
ORFA 1100   Applied Learning I
ORFA 2004   Socio-economic Policies and Industry Organization
ORFA 2007   Professional Development
ORFA 2012   Applied Entrepreneurship
ORFA 2100   Applied Learning II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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