Entry and Retention in the Aquaculture Sector


Labour and skills shortages have been documented in all regions of Newfoundland and Labrador, within all sectors of the economy including Aquaculture.  In order to meet the increasing labour demand, the Aquaculture sector is needing to draw on a labour pool that is either more distant from the aquaculture labour market with gaps in essential skills, or who have been displaced from other sectors and lack core transferable skills. These gaps not only compromise success with technical training, but also result in many workers lacking the confidence and adaptability to even pursue further education and employment in aquaculture. As a result, in spite of the growing labour demand and availability of options for technical training, the sector increasingly faces low entry, high attrition, and ongoing labour shortages.

Primary Research Questions

  1. Is it feasible to develop and implement a sector-specific model of essential skills training for the unemployed that is aligned and integrated with technical training and occupational requirements of the aquaculture sector?
  2. Does the model lead to positive training and employment outcomes including success with technical training, employment, and longer-term job retention with the aquaculture sector?”


Research led by Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, in partnership with the College of the North Atlantic, and the Marine Institute.


Research to be conducted within communities across Newfoundland and Labrador.


January 2018 – June 2020 *This research project is completed.