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What Does it Take to Be a Fisher and Related Fishing Worker?

Job Description: Use nets, fishing rods, traps, or other equipment to catch and gather fish or other aquatic animals from rivers, lakes, or oceans, for human consumption or other uses. May haul game onto ship.

  • Sort, pack, and store catch in holds with salt and ice.
  • Monitor distribution of proceeds from sales of catches to ensure that crew members receive their prearranged portions.
  • Interpret weather and vessel conditions to determine appropriate responses.
  • Estimate costs of operations and plan fishing season budgets accordingly.
  • Remove catches from fishing equipment and measure them to ensure compliance with legal size.
  • Steer vessels and operate navigational instruments.

These are the skills Fishers and Related Fishing Workers say are the most useful in their careers:

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

  • Fishing Vessel Mate
  • Billet Cutter
  • Blue Crabber
  • Lobster Catcher
  • Vessel Crew Member

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Fishers and Related Fishing Workers may use on a daily basis:

What education or degrees do I need to become a Fisher and Related Fishing Worker?

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