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Fishing is often called the most dangerous job in the world. Commercial fishing vessels can be trawlers, like the boat shown here that pulls a large net through the water - or longliners, that string lines of hooks behind them for miles. Other vessels include - potters, or lobster boats; gillnetters ...
; purse seiners; and even hook and liners that catch their fish one at a time with fishing poles.
Fishers may go out alone for a few hours or on large boats with crews of up to ten people for days at a time. It is sometimes best to start on a small boat in order to get a feel for working with the weather and open seas and to start learning the habits of different fish stocks.
As crewmembers work their way up to mate and captain responsibilities, they learn a wide variety of skills including gear configuration and repair, engine and equipment operation and maintenance, navigation, fish sorting and processing, and marketing of the catch. Captains and owners must also have a thorough knowledge of complicated and ever-changing regulation that respond to different seasonal movements and abundance levels for different species of fish.
As fisherman and government work together to keep fish stocks at sustainable levels, limited quotas for most fisheries will be awarded to those fishers with a history of landing particular species. As the public appetite for seafood grows, those fishers who stay in the industry and help conserve the stocks will be rewarded with the right to harvest the last food source still caught in the wild.
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.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
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Interpret weather and vessel conditions to determine appropriate responses.
Steer vessels and operate navigational instruments.
Sort, pack, and store catch in holds with salt and ice.
Return undesirable or illegal catches to the water.
Pull and guide nets, traps, and lines onto vessels, by hand or using hoisting equipment.
Compute positions and plot courses on charts to navigate vessels, using instruments such as compasses, sextants, and charts.
Remove catches from fishing equipment and measure them to ensure compliance with legal size.
Transport fish to processing plants or to buyers.
Wash decks, conveyors, knives, and other equipment, using brushes, detergents, and water.
Connect accessories such as floats, weights, flags, lights, or markers to nets, lines, or traps.
Handling and Moving Objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Performing General Physical Activities
Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Controlling Machines and Processes
Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Law and Government
Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.