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Lifestyle of a fishery officer (work description)

Your life will change the moment you put on your fishery officer uniform. Find out what this career has in store for you.

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Some days, you’ll investigate fisheries and habitat offences. Other days will test your social skills as you inspire future generations to use resources in a sustainable way.

You’ll meet with fish harvesters, industry leaders and the public to promote compliance, protection and conservation.

As a fishery officer, you’ll educate the public on issues of compliance and conservation. You’ll work with the public and other officials to develop new managing and protection measures for fish and their habitat.

Even when you take off your uniform, you’ll be fully immersed in the surrounding environment, activities, values and communities of your post.

Skills and knowledge

To do your job, the fishery officer initial training program will help to prepare you as you'll need to be familiar with:

In addition, you must understand:

Acts and regulations

You’ll also need to know about acts, orders and regulations that:

Legal matters

From a legal standpoint, you must be aware of:

Domestic and international operations

Your range of knowledge also expands to the operation of urban and industrial facilities, such as:

You’ll need to know how to safely monitor these operations and collect violations evidence.

Because your duties and authority are far-reaching, you’ll need to understand:


One of your greatest assets on the job will be excellent written and oral skills. You’ll use these to:


Your days will be full of intellectual stimulation, as you work to:


Fishery officers are responsible for human resources, money and physical assets.

Human resources

Training and coaching are essential for trainees to learn on-the-job. You’ll provide this feedback and report on their progress. At times, you may also need to train individuals from other enforcement agencies or public organizations.

You must also provide:


Fishery officers are responsible for:

These enforcement activities have major financial impact on individuals and/or communities as well as domestic and/or international:

After an enforcement operation, you’ll have to:

You’ll be expected to make purchases using a government-issued credit card.

In some remote areas, you’ll have to collect licence fees.

Physical assets

Fishery officers are responsible for the use and maintenance of physical assets, such as:

The integrity of seized or gathered evidence for investigations falls to you, including highly sensitive documents.

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