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Hatchery Operations Certificate

Hatchery Operations Certificate

The Hatchery Operations certificate at North Island College (NIC) provides students with in-demand skills to support fish stock enhancement through aquaculture production in freshwater fish hatcheries.

The curriculum includes technical aspects of fish hatchery production, with a primary focus on healthy fish development and seedling production critical to stock enhancement for improved conservation. Students will also learn identification of different species of fish, familiarization of the external and internal fish anatomy, life cycle and migration, and important reproductive physiology and osmoregulatory function.

Applied skills in hatchery operations will include job readiness skills, leadership skills, communication skills, conflict resolution and workplace diversity. Students will have a practicum placement in fish hatchery facilities such as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Quinsam Hatchery, and Oyster River Enhancement Society Hatchery to obtain actual experience in fish stock stewardship and enhancement.

Please choose from one of the highlighted schedules below:

  • No Apprenticeship Schedules Available
  • No Foundation Schedules Available
  • No Youth Schedules Available
  • Go To Vocational Schedules

Quick Facts

  • Requirements:

    ‘C’ in English/Literary 10 or equivalent, or ‘C+’ in Communications 12 or one of NIC’s ESL programs, and ‘C’ in Math 11 or equivalent (refer to the Additional Information link below to learn all of the program requirements).


    Students are required to hold current, valid industry certificates in the following:

    - Occupational First Aid

    - WHMIS

    - Restricted Operator’s Certificate - Maritime


    The Industry Training Authority link on this page has been re-directed to the program page at NIC.

  • Additional Information: