The Cape Breton Fish Harvesters Association (CBFHA) works with local fishermen in eastern Cape Breton (Lobster fishing area 27) to conduct research on the lobster fishery. We work directly with lobster harvesters, from Bay St. Lawrence to Gabarus, monitoring the health and sustainability of our stock. For more information on the Cape Breton Fish Harvesters Association and its work please visit

For the 2019 season, the CBFHA intends on conducting the following biological research:

  1. At-sea sampling of lobster and incidental catches: the student will spend days fishing at sea. Measuring & recording information from lobster and any other species caught in traps (by-catch). This work will be completed during the LFA27 lobster season (Mid-May to Mid-July). Post season, data are to be entered into 2 databases throughout the work term.
  2. Protein Sampling and molt staging: will be conducted on regular intervals at different ports. During this sampling, fluid will be extracted from the tail of a lobster and inserted onto a refractometer and a piece of pleopod is snipped from the lobster and examined under the microscope.
  3. Larval tows: The student will be working with one fisherman to tow a larval net, count and stage lobster larvae and note other species. This sampling will occur in July and August, after the fishing season.
  4. Post Season sampling: Several traps will be set in a few locations to monitor protein and shell hardness in lobster after the fishing season.
  5. Industry Promotion: Students are encouraged submit posts to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to promote the Association’s work and our inshore fishing industry.

Qualifications/Job Requirements

Training will be provided for specific tasks however the following qualifications and requirements are essential:

  • Must be available from May 1st – Aug Some flexibility upon hire.
  • Must be willing to go out on fishing boats in varied conditions
  • Must be outgoing and look forward to meeting new people every day.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Shows initiative, is self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Organized.
  • Experience using databases/spreadsheets, in particular Excel.
  • Able to keep accurate and detailed documentation of work.
  • Basic knowledge of crustacean and fish biology.
  • Knowledge or experience in sampling procedures.
  • Familiarity with fisheries research and the fishing industry and experience at sea are an asset.


The Lobster Technician’s primary responsibility will be at-sea sampling of the lobster fishery during the fishing season. Protein sampling and larval tows will take place with increasing efforts after lobster the season. Post season work is primarily data entry on government and excel databases. These and additional tasks may delegated by the Executive Director; Veronika Brzeski, or Project Manager; Becs Borchert and will minimally include the following:

  • Participate in at-sea sampling programs for lobster under the direction of the project manager. The sampling programs will include the accurate completion of data sheets regarding the observed catch.
  • Lobster sampling at sea will include measuring carapace length, determining sex, and marking observations on lobster health, maturity and presence of eggs. Identification of by-catch and incidental catch will also be recorded (Training provided).
  • Lobster Quality sampling (protein sampling and moult staging) in port will include extracting fluid from the lobster, using a refractometer, snipping pleopods and examining under the microscope (Training provided).
  • Participate in lobster larvae tows – stage and count larvae and other observations (meteorological and other species caught).
  • Maintain scientific equipment in good working order (GPS, refractometer, thermometer, callipers, plankton net, microscope and camera).
  • On-shore work includes entering data into databases and some data analysis using Excel.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director or Project Manager.

Application Details


Preference will be given to co-op or returning students.


May 6—Aug 31, 2019

There may be flexibility upon hire


Wages: $15.00/hr at 38 hours/week

Mileage: 40 cents per km for travel to ports throughout the area

Benefits: EI, CPP, vacation pay and Workers’ Compensation


Send your application

(C.V., references & cover letter) to: Becs Borchert at cbfishassociation