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What is 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.

  • Sell catches by contacting and negotiating with buyers or by sending catches to fish auctions.
  • Connect accessories such as floats, weights, flags, lights, or markers to nets, lines, or traps.
  • Put fishing equipment into the water and anchor or tow equipment, according to the fishing method used.
  • Plan fishing operations, establishing the fish to be sought, the fishing location, the method of capture, and the duration of the trip.
  • Return undesirable or illegal catches to the water.
  • Participate in wildlife management, disease control, and research activities.

Below is a list of the skills most Fishers and Related Fishing Workers say are important on the job.

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:

Education needed to be a Fisher and Related Fishing Worker:

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