Fishing vessel deckhands

National Occupation Code (NOC): 8441

Fishing vessel deckhands perform a variety of manual tasks on commercial fishing voyages, and maintain fishing vessels. They are employed by establishments that operate commercial fishing vessels and by self-employed fishermen/women.

Job Duties for Fishing vessel deckhands

  • Prepare nets, lines and other fishing tackle, and operate fishing gear to catch fish and other marine life
  • Sort, return protected species to the water, clean and pack fish in ice and stow catch in hold
  • Repair nets, splice ropes and maintain fishing gear and other deck equipment
  • Clean deck surfaces and fish hold
  • Handle anchors and mooring lines during docking and undocking procedures
  • May steer vessels to and from fishing areas
  • May prepare and cook meals for crew members.

Working Conditions for Fishing vessel deckhands

Work is performed on fishing vessels, where changing weather conditions and open bodies of water require strict safety measures to be followed.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Fishboat Deckhand
  • Fishing Vessel Checkerman/woman
  • Fishing Vessel Crewman/woman
  • Fishing Vessel Deckhand
  • Fishing Vessel Icer
  • Fishing Vessel Netmender
  • Fishing Vessel Rollerman/woman
  • Fishing Vessel Skiffman/woman
  • Gillnetter Deckhand
  • Offshore Trawler Deckhand
  • Seiner Deckhand
  • Shellfish Harvester Deckhand
  • Trawlerman/woman

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