Fisheries Officer

Safeguard the habitat and health of aquatic animals at nurseries.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$31,000 – $81,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Fisheries Officers do?

Fisheries Officers are specialized Law Enforcement Officers who regulate the catching and harvesting of fish, shrimp, and other sea creatures for profit. You work both on land and at sea to protect wildlife as well as the rights of aquaculture farms and fisheries. Typical duties include inspecting vessels to ensure they meet government regulations, patrolling habitats, and apprehending suspects.

As a Fisheries Officer, your number one goal is to make sure fish and other creatures on aquatic farms are being treated properly, and that their environments are not being polluted. To achieve this goal, you monitor fish farms day and night and investigate suspicious activity. Like a typical Law Enforcement Officer, you carry a weapon and wear protective gear. But unlike a typical Law Enforcement Officer, you carry out your duties on boats, snowmobiles, and all-terrain vehicles so you can monitor even the roughest patches on your beat.

Fishing is big business, and the area where companies can get their fish is relatively small. This means there’s tons of competition. As a Fisheries Officer, you step in as a neutral party to keep the peace and enforce regulations. You face as much danger as Police Officers do when they pull over an unknown vehicle…except you’re usually on a confined boat or along the shoreline.

Add to that the unpredictable weather and water conditions faced by anyone working the high seas, and you have the perfect recipe for a potentially serious situation. And if you encounter someone who does not want you on the ship, it could feel like an episode right out of “Whale Wars.” This might be the kind of excitement you’re looking for, but always practice safety precautions and be on your guard no matter who you’re working with.

Should I be a Fisheries Officer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Natural Resource Officer

    How to become a Fisheries Officer

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