National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011


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844 - Other workers in fishing and trapping and hunting occupations

8441 - Fishing vessel deckhands

Fishing vessel deckhands perform a variety of manual tasks on commercial fishing voyages, and maintain fishing vessels. They are employed by establishments that operate commercial fishing vessels and by self-employed fishermen/women.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • crewman/woman, fishing vessel
    • deckhand, seiner
    • fishing vessel deckhand
    • icer, fishing vessel
    • netmender, fishing vessel
    • trawlerman/woman

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Deck officers, water transport (2273)
    • Fishermen/women (8262)
    • Fishing masters and officers (8261)
  • Main duties

    Fishing vessel deckhands perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Prepare nets, lines and other fishing tackle, and operate fishing gear to catch fish and other marine life
    • Clean, sort and pack fish in ice and stow catch in hold
    • Repair nets, splice ropes and maintain fishing gear and other deck equipment
    • Clean deck surfaces and fish hold
    • Handle mooring lines during docking
    • May steer vessels to and from fishing areas
    • May prepare and cook meals for crew members.
  • Employment requirements

    • There are no specific educational requirements.
    • On-the-job training is provided.
    • Trawlermen/women require at least one year of experience.
    • Fishing vessel deckhands require a commercial fishing licence.
  • Additional information

    • Fishing vessel deckhands may become skippers upon acquiring an entry licence and a boat.
    • Fishing vessel deckhands may progress to watchkeeper or mate positions with additional training.

8442 - Trappers and hunters

Trappers and hunters trap and hunt wild animals for pelts or live sale. They are usually self-employed and work on a seasonal basis.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • fur trapper
    • game trapper
    • hunter
    • sealer
    • trapper

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Animal control trappers or nuisance control trappers (See 7444 Pest controllers and fumigators)
    • Hunting guides (See 6532 Outdoor sport and recreational guides)
  • Main duties

    Trappers perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Set traps with bait and position traps along trails
    • Operate snowmobiles or travel on foot, snowshoes or skis to patrol trapline
    • Remove catch and reset traps and snares
    • Kill and skin catch for pelts, and treat and pack pelts for marketing
    • Trap live animals for sale to buyers or for relocation purposes
    • Maintain and repair trapping equipment
    • Maintain trails and access to trapping lines
    • Trap designated animals for bounty or other control programs
    • May monitor animal population in the trapping regions to ensure future sustainability.

    Hunters perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Operate boats or snowmobiles or travel on foot to reach hunting areas
    • Kill wild animals using firearms or other weapons
    • Skin dead animals for pelts using knives
    • Treat, pack and transport pelts to processing plants or to public auctions
    • Maintain hunting equipment
    • May monitor animal population in the hunting regions to ensure future sustainability.

    Trappers and hunters may specialize in trapping or hunting a particular kind of animal.

  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of trapping or hunting courses may be required in some provinces.
    • A provincial trapping or hunting licence may be required.
  • Additional information

    • In some jurisdictions, trappers may be allocated trapping areas based on their experience.
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