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Medical standards for fishery officers

Learn what mental and physical medical standards you’ll have to meet to be a fishery officer.

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Your duties require that you can see in a variety of lighting conditions, and that you have proper red, green and blue colour vision. You also need good peripheral and night vision for safety and operational reasons.

You must be able to:

You must pass a vision test to become a fishery officer. The standard without corrective lenses is 6/60 in both eyes. This means you can see at 6 metres what someone with standard vision can see from 60 metres away.

If you need corrective lenses, your:

You don’t need to periodically test your colour vision unless your eyes change significantly, such as needing new glasses.

Reduced vision

If you have reduced vision, you can still meet the requirements for the position if your doctor indicates that:

You’ll need to get tested yearly if you have a condition that’s responsible for reducing your vision. 


Fishery officers are expected to understand voice communication when others are speaking, shouting or using radio, often with background noise. Good hearing includes directional sense so you’ll be able to identify from which direction a pistol shot originated.


To perform fishery officer duties, you must have normal:

Physical health

To be a fishery officer, you’ll need to deal with physical activity in bad weather or during stressful operations. Land- and sea-based employees are required to participate in a limited physical fitness assessment program which tests:

You must be able to lift and carry heavy loads unassisted over rough ground and uphill.

Health conditions

As a fishery officer, you must not suffer from a medical condition:


You should be vaccinated for:

Mental health

Your mental health should be stable. You must not suffer from psychological issues that would:

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