Nova Scotia Community College – Sea Farming


Program Summary

Sea Farming is a significant economic driver for rural and coastal communities in Nova Scotia. With the value of seafood exports expected to double by 2024, a skilled workforce is needed to meet labour demands within the aquaculture sector.

Specific topics include fish biology and husbandry, fish health and welfare, how to care for sea farmed species both inland and in sea-based environments, the aquaculture production cycle, fish feeding and nutrition regimens, aquaculture business fundamentals, site maintenance regulations, workplace, and marine safety.

Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom. Shellfish, finfish, and sea-plant operations will be covered through the courses in this program to provide training on a wide range of species that are farmed within Canada.
Graduates can apply their skills to Sea Farm operations in coastal Nova Scotia, nationally and internationally, and qualify for many entry-level positions at aquaculture facilities.


Admission Requirements

High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country.


Program Length

This is a 19-week blended program. 13 weeks takes place on-line, 2 weeks takes place in-person at the Shelburne Campus, and 4 weeks at a work placement in land-based operations and in marine-based operations. Learners get the skills needed to support all types of sea farm operations.


Equity and Diversity

NSCC’s Human Rights and Equity Services is committed to fostering an environment that’s welcoming and inclusive to our NSCC community and others. The team leads and supports various educational and awareness activities throughout the year that highlight the value and importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful working and learning environment.


Industry Partners

The sea farm industry is experiencing sustained growth in the province of Nova Scotia. It’s anticipated that aquaculture, and supporting industries, will be a driver of economic growth in the province. This new program has been developed in partnership with industry, and industry representatives are directly involved in your hands-on training at NSCC.

Courses are designed to give you a well-rounded experience that parallels industry workplaces.
You have opportunities to collaborate with the Oceans Technology program on applied research projects involving the application of new technologies in aquaculture, such as robotics, automation, environmental health, fish health and feeding patterns.