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Start your adventure – become a Fishery Officer!

A career as a fishery officer is adventurous and rewarding. From working on the water, to air patrols, to special investigations, you may be surprised to learn the many different ways fishery officers conserve and protect Canada’s fisheries resources and habitat. Fishery officers enforce laws and regulations, but they also inspire future generations to use resources in a sustainable way.


Voice of FO: When I was a kid, I remember how much fun it was to fish off the wharf.

It seemed like every time I’d walk along the shore, I’d find something cool.

Voice of FO #2: But as time has gone by, pollution, misuse, more and more endangered species, and climate change affecting the entire ecosystem. All of this makes my work more important than ever.

FO: I’ve been a fishery officer for 18 years. This is my office.

FO #2): On the job, we patrol… we enforce… and we educate. You’ll find us on the coastal waters of 3 oceans and our lakes and rivers. An important part of our work is the protection of fish and fish habitat. We keep a close watch on Canada’s marine protected areas, where our focus is on protecting marine species and habitat, from the smallest aquatic creatures right up to and including whales.

We also do some pretty specialized intelligence work, including surveillance and undercover work.

A big part of the job is interacting with the fishers on a day to day basis. And one of the best parts of the job is when we work with kids, helping the next generation see the value our marine environment and why its future must be protected.

FO #2: I got into this line of work initially because I love the outdoors and I care about the environment and that was my starting point… then I got all the training I needed.

FO: 2: And that training is VERY thorough. You learn pretty quickly that being a fishery officer is physically and mentally demanding.

FO #1: But the work is exhilarating and rewarding.

Everywhere we go, and in all that we do, our focus is doing everything we can to protect Canada’s future.

If you’re passionate about the fisheries and the environment…

and you want to make a difference…

this is an amazing career with real potential.

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