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Farm Manager - Finfish Production

 Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance / Alliance de l'industrie canadienne de l'aquaculture

Finfish Farming Overview

The ‘aquaculture’ industry is one of the smallest agricultural employers in Canada, but it’s also the fastest growing. The rising global demand for fish protein is predicted to create a strong market for this export-reliant industry over the next 10 years.

  • The main finfish species grown in Canada are salmon and trout, with steelhead, Arctic char, Atlantic cod, sablefish, Atlantic halibut, white sturgeon and tilapia also produced. The predicted growth in global demand for aquacultural products will drive a need for additional workers to boost output and meet the market demand.

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Finfish Farm Managers and Owners have an overall responsibility for the operation.

  • Farm Managers operate farm equipment and acquire skills/knowledge through a combination of on-the-job training, formal training, and experience. Education and training can include formal and informal learning experiences, extensive specific work experience, and a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree.

Typical Job Titles

  • Aquaculture Manager
  • Fish Culture Manager
  • Fish Hatchery Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Senior Manager
  • Site Manager
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What are the major tasks associated to this job?

Finfish Farm Managers assign Supervisors a variety of week to week and/or month to month objectives, provide them with the resources they need to accomplish their objectives, help with questions or problems, and monitor progress.

Finfish Farm Managers manage activities related to growing, raising, and harvesting livestock.

  • Manage strategic planning 
  • Manage human resources
  • Manage finances and administration 
  • Manage risk 
  • Manage customer relations 
  • Manage occupational health and safety 
  • Manage food safety and security 
  • Manage production and harvesting 
  • Manage compliance with legislation, regulations and standards 
  • Manage operating procedures 
  • Manage environmental sustainability 
  • Manage containment structures 
  • Manage spawning and early rearing activities 
  • Manage fish feeding 
  • Manage biosecurity 
  • Manage health and welfare of fish 
  • Manage fish handling 
  • Manage the grading, transfer and movement of fish 
  • Manage facilities, equipment and supplies 
  • Manage harvesting 
  • Manage logistics 
  • Manage employee accommodations

What competencies are required for this job?

These competencies were identified as most important for successful job performance. 

  • Agriculture Health and Safety
  • Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
  • Finfish Production
  • Teamwork
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Developing Others
  • Decision Making
  • Resource Management

What attracts people to this job?

Managers in agriculture plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations and functions of farms. They are responsible for growing crops, raising and breeding livestock, poultry and other animals and marketing farm products.

Are there opportunities for growth in this job?

To become a manager doesn’t mean having to own your own farm or business, there are many opportunities to manage on larger operations.

  • Managers can be recruited to work for companies that provide supplies and support services to agricultural operations (e.g. feed companies, equipment suppliers, etc.). 

What are the typical pay rates and benefits for this job?

Depending on the operation and the region of Canada, hired managers in animal production and aquaculture generally earn from $17 to $43 per hour, or $35,300 to $89,400 per year.

Generally from

To

 

$35,300/yr

$89,400/yr

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey; June 2017.

Benefits may include performance bonuses, Christmas bonuses, and possibly health and dental coverage.