Fisheries and Aquaculture

Would you like a career where you...

  • conserve, manage and enhance marine and freshwater aquatic resources?
  • work outdoors on lakes, rivers, streams and the ocean?
  • cultivate and harvest fish, shellfish or marine plants for the replenishment of wild stocks or commercial sale?
  • work in both laboratory and field settings?
  • work locally and/or internationally?

Then you may want to consider studying fisheries and aquaculture.

Fisheries & Aquaculture has long been an area of specialization at Vancouver Island University. Our programs provide unique practical field experience and academic skills required for exciting and challenging careers in fish and invertebrate culture, fish habitat & stock assessment, fisheries enhancement, conservation & management and research. 

Our Programs

Example Careers

Commercial Aquaculture
Enhancement Culture
Fisheries Consulting
hatchery technician / manager
fish culturist
fisheries biologist
fisheries biologist
microalgae culturist
fish health technician
fisheries field technician
research assistant
shellfish grower
hatchery technician / manager
habitat restoration
lab technician
fish farm technician / manager
stock assessment
graduate student
provincial or Federal government licensing agent
fish health technician
Environmental education outreach


Example Employers

Federal / Provincial Salmon Hatcheries
Environmental consulting companies
Federal / Provincial fish health laboratories
Private fish & shellfish farms
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
First Nations communities
Private fish & shellfish hatcheries
Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
Ministry of Environment
Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC
BC Conservation Foundation