Details for Fishers and Related Fishing Workers
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.
- Steer vessels and operate navigational instruments.
- Put fishing equipment into the water and anchor or tow equipment, according to the fishing method used.
- Maintain engines, fishing gear, and other on-board equipment and perform minor repairs.
- Sort, pack, and store catch in holds with salt and ice.
- Remove catches from fishing equipment and measure them to ensure compliance with legal size.
- Locate fish, using fish-finding equipment.
- Return undesirable or illegal catches to the water.
- Pull and guide nets, traps, and lines onto vessels, by hand or using hoisting equipment.
- Direct fishing operations, and supervise fishing crew members.
- Signal other workers to move, hoist, and position loads.
- Compute positions and plot courses on charts to navigate vessels, using instruments such as compasses, sextants, and charts.
- Oversee the purchase of supplies, gear, and equipment such as fuel, netting, and cables.
- Attach nets, slings, hooks, blades, or lifting devices to cables, booms, hoists, or dredges.
- Transport fish to processing plants or to buyers.
- Interpret weather and vessel conditions to determine appropriate responses.
- 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.
- Load and unload vessel equipment and supplies, by hand or using hoisting equipment.
- Harvest marine life for human or animal consumption, using diving or dredging equipment, traps, barges, rods, reels, or tackle.
- Hire qualified crew members, and assign their duties.
- Plan fishing operations, establishing the fish to be sought, the fishing location, the method of capture, and the duration of the trip.
- Stand lookout for schools of fish, and for steering and engine-room watches.
- Operate rowboats, dinghies, or skiffs to transport fishers, divers, or sponge hookers or to tow and position fishing equipment.
- Sell catches by contacting and negotiating with buyers or by sending catches to fish auctions.
- Club or gaff large fish to enable hauling them into fishing vessel.
- Monitor distribution of proceeds from sales of catches to ensure that crew members receive their prearranged portions.
- Record in logbooks specifics of fishing activities such as dates, harvest areas, yields, and weather and sea conditions.
- Estimate costs of operations and plan fishing season budgets accordingly.
- Share fishing expertise through activities such as writing for fishing magazines, hosting television shows, or testing and endorsing fishing equipment.
- Participate in wildlife management, disease control, and research activities.
- Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Education, training, experience
- Education - Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
- Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
- Experience - Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
- Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
- Agricultural Equipment Operators
- Animal Breeders
- Farmers and Ranchers
- Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop
- Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals
- Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders
- Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
- Slaughterers and Meat Packers