Fleming College

skip navigation

Aquaculture (Co-op)

Aquaculture involves a range of activities, related principally to farming marine and freshwater fish and seafood. The salmon industry accounts for the majority of aquaculture operations in Canada.

Program Information

Start Date

September 03, 2024

Domestic Availability

Accepting Applications

International Availability


Program Code



In Person, Placement


Ontario College Graduate Certificate


Frost Campus

Program Contact

Jon Carter

Program Coordinator

Domestic Tuition

$4580.46 per semester*

International Tuition

$11137.61 per semester*

*Domestic tuition amounts shown are from the 2023-2024 academic year and are subject to change.

*International tuition amounts shown are from the 2023-2024 academic year and are subject to change.

Apply Now

Canadian Students

View Curriculum

This compressed, one-year program is the only Aquaculture program offered as a Post-Graduate Certificate in Ontario. Food aquaculture operations encompass a wide variety of species and culture techniques. In addition to food production, aquaculture activities include production of fish for conservation, and production for ornamental species. The global demand for aquaculture products is growing, along with demands for stewardship, sustainability and food safety and security. This unique program combines:

  • Significant hands-on operational experience
  • Numerous field trips to experience aspects of the aquaculture industry such as trout farming and conservation stocking
  • Business training so that graduates can both promote the industry and understand the diverse challenges facing aquaculture enterprises

During first semester, students will address aquaculture fundamentals. Much of the program will take place in the campus hatchery facilities, which include an Atlantic salmon hatchery and a muskellunge hatchery.

The focus in second semester is on operational and business practices, and internship planning.

Final semester is an 8-week, off-site, paid co-op experience, enabling students to specialize in their area of interest.

Please note: In addition to paying tuition and fees for 2 semesters of study, students pay a co-op fee (approximately $558.00) for administrative costs associated with the co-op placement.

The industry is growing in all sectors, including food production, conservation, aquaponics and pond/garden markets. The work is physically demanding and may involve exposure to unfavourable weather conditions. Graduates should be prepared to relocate for employment, and to undertake entry level or contract work initially. With an aging workforce, those who possess strong leadership and communication skills, plus aptitude for mechanical troubleshooting, are prime candidates for promotion into lead hand or supervisory roles.

  • Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production activity in the world (UN Food and Agriculture Organization)
  • Canada is the 4th largest salmon producing country)
  • Canadian aquaculture accounts for 14% of total seafood production and 35% of its value

  • Perform a variety of aquaculture field skills competently, in accordance with established norms, and in a way that provides leadership and direction for others where required.
  • Assess environmental aspects of aquaculture and communicate the results to a variety of stakeholders using current and relevant terminology.
  • Recognize and justify the diversity and potential for aquaculture as alternative source of fish protein.
  • Monitor and assess fish health and environmental conditions at an aquaculture site.
  • Describe and distinguish all life stages and culture techniques of select marine and freshwater species.
  • Examine and evaluate the business viability and potential for various aquaculture operations.
  • Assess the economic and social viability of specific aquaculture technologies and design.
  • Lead and maintain a variety of acquaculture operations, employing the appropriate mechanical and technical skills as required.
  • Supervise and evaluate aquaculture field crews in accordance with established protocols.

Students applying to Aquaculture (Co-op) must meet the following requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree or Ontario College diploma in a related field or equivalent
In The News: Aquaculture (Co-op)

Program Code: AQF

Ontario College Certificate

Frost Campus

January 2024

Program Code: CNB

Ontario College Diploma

Frost Campus

January 2024, September 2024

Program Code: BO

Ontario College Diploma

Frost Campus

January 2024, September 2024, January 2025

Course Cart (0)