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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.

  • Attach nets, slings, hooks, blades, or lifting devices to cables, booms, hoists, or dredges.
  • Direct fishing operations, and supervise fishing crew members.
  • Maintain engines, fishing gear, and other on-board equipment and perform minor repairs.
  • Pull and guide nets, traps, and lines onto vessels, by hand or using hoisting equipment.
  • Steer vessels and operate navigational instruments.
  • Monitor distribution of proceeds from sales of catches to ensure that crew members receive their prearranged portions.

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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  • Shrimp Trawler

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Fishers and Related Fishing Workers may use on a daily basis:

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