Fish and seafood plant workers (NOC 9463)

About this job

This group includes fish and seafood plant machine operators who set up and operate machinery to process and package fish and seafood products, and fish and seafood plant cutters and cleaners who cut, trim and clean fish or seafood by hand. These workers:

  • work in fish and seafood processing plants.
Common job titles
  • clam shucker / steamer
  • crab butcher
  • fish processor
  • operator, basket filter / canner
  • operator, fish filleting / chopping
  • oyster canner / packer / shucker / washer


Fish plant machine operators:

  • set up and operate machines to clean, cut, cook, smoke, brine, dehydrate or otherwise process fish products
  • set up and operate machines to can, bag, box or otherwise package fish products
  • check products and packaging for defects and compliance to company standards
  • adjust machine as needed
  • record production information such as quantity, weight, date and type of products packaged

Fish plant cutters and cleaners:

  • cut, clean and trim fish prior to marketing or further processing
  • scrape away scales, cut fish, separate fillets and remove scrap parts using knife
  • check fish fillets to decide the best number and size of fillet sections
  • cut sections accordingly and place in container for weighing
  • disjoint and remove meat from lobsters or other shellfish in preparation for canning or further processing

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a regular controlled indoor environment.
  • Workers may be exposed to infectious bacteria and viruses when handling fish and shellfish.
  • Working with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools can be a source of injury.
  • The workplace may be noisy enough to cause distraction or hearing loss.
  • Workers may be exposed to strong or toxic odours.
  • Work involves contact with water.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.