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Life As a Fisher and Related Fishing Worker

Occupation 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.

  • Stand lookout for schools of fish, and for steering and engine-room watches.
  • Steer vessels and operate navigational instruments.
  • Estimate costs of operations and plan fishing season budgets accordingly.
  • Remove catches from fishing equipment and measure them to ensure compliance with legal size.
  • Pull and guide nets, traps, and lines onto vessels, by hand or using hoisting equipment.
  • Put fishing equipment into the water and anchor or tow equipment, according to the fishing method used.

When polled, Fishers and Related Fishing Workers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

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.

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Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Fishers and Related Fishing Workers:

Individuals working as a Fisher and Related Fishing Worker have obtained the following education levels:


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