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Working As A Commercial Fisherman

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Make Decisions

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Commercial Fisherman does

  • Maintain and repair equipment, gear, and nets.
  • Worked in extreme weather conditions.
  • Return undesirable or illegal catches to the water.
  • Stacked crab pots with crane on a daily basis.
  • Catch fish and sell them.
  • Lead the ship crew daily, catching and processing fish.
  • Measured catch for compliance with legal size.
  • Stand lookout for schools of fish, and for steering and engine-room watches.
  • Steered vessels and operate navigational instruments.
  • Performed vessel maintenance to keep the vessel seaworthy.
  • Prepare fishing gear, catch and ice fish, pull anchor, and clean boat.
  • Hire qualified crew members, and assign their duties.
  • worked in high stress scenarios.
  • Helped maintenance nets and deck of vessel for clean and safe operation.
  • Dock builder Ron Cole Docks Boca Grande, Fl.
  • Cleaned boat daily Skills UsedLong hour shifts.Boat operating skills.
  • Worked an average of sixteen hour days.
  • Run long lines for black cod, halibut, spot prawns, and tuna.
  • Boat was equipped with GPS, radar, and depth finder.
  • Recorded fishing activities and sea conditions.

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Average Length of Employment
Commercial Fisher 6.2 years
Fisherman 3.6 years
Commercial Crabber 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Commercial Fisherman
Cashier 8.8%
Deckhand 8.1%
Owner 5.6%
Internship 5.0%
Helper 4.4%
Welder 4.4%
Technician 4.1%
Server 4.1%
Painter 4.1%
Volunteer 3.8%
Carpenter 3.8%
Mechanic 3.8%
Manager 3.8%
Top Careers After Commercial Fisherman
Owner 7.4%
Cashier 6.8%
Driver 6.6%
Carpenter 6.3%
Manager 6.0%
Welder 5.5%
Deckhand 4.9%
Captain 4.9%
Internship 4.4%
Technician 4.4%
Foreman 3.8%

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Highest Commercial Fisherman Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Commercial Fisherman F/V Resolution, LLC Crescent City, CA Nov 01, 2016 $36,502
Commercial Fisherman F/V Resolution, LLC Crescent City, CA Nov 01, 2015 $35,521
Commercial Fisherman F/V Resolution, LLC CA Nov 01, 2014 $35,521
Commercial Fisherman F/V Resolution, LLC CA Aug 20, 2013 $35,479
Commercial Fisherman F/V Resolution, LLC CA Nov 01, 2013 $35,479
Commercial Fisherman F/V Resolution, LLC CA Nov 01, 2012 $35,479

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Top Skills for A Commercial Fisherman

  1. Vessel Maintenance
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Deck Crew
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Job Duties: Vessel maintenance and gear repair, Purse seine, catch and deliver salmon.
  • Followed safety procedures in a labor intensive environment.
  • Demanded strong leadership skills to manage and train the deck crew in very stressful situations.
  • Preform any combination of following duties aboard fishing vessels: stands lookout, steering, and engine-room watches.
  • Maintained main engines and generator, repaired and maintained all electrical, electronic and hydraulic systems.

Commercial Fisherman Demographics

Gender

Male

83.6%

Female

8.8%

Unknown

7.5%
Ethnicity

White

67.8%

Hispanic or Latino

11.7%

Black or African American

9.1%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.5%

Chinese

8.7%

German

8.7%

Mandarin

8.7%

Swedish

4.3%

Finnish

4.3%

Vietnamese

4.3%

Japanese

4.3%

Russian

4.3%

Hebrew

4.3%

Thai

4.3%
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Commercial Fisherman Education

Schools

University of Alaska Anchorage

13.3%

Washington State University

8.3%

Western Washington University

6.7%

University of Alaska Fairbanks

6.7%

Boise State University

5.8%

University of Oregon

5.8%

University of Washington

5.0%

Central Washington University

5.0%

Skagit Valley College

4.2%

Clatsop Community College

4.2%

Carteret Community College

4.2%

Charter College

4.2%

Bellingham Technical College

3.3%

Montana State University - Bozeman

3.3%

Eastern Washington University

3.3%

University of Rhode Island

3.3%

University of Maine

3.3%

Lower Columbia College

3.3%

Peninsula College

3.3%

Delgado Community College

3.3%
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Majors

Business

20.8%

Automotive Technology

7.8%

Criminal Justice

7.8%

Precision Metal Working

6.0%

English

5.7%

Biology

5.3%

Psychology

4.9%

General Studies

4.6%

Accounting

3.9%

Environmental Science

3.5%

Nursing

3.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.2%

Management

3.2%

Mechanical Engineering

3.2%

Culinary Arts

2.8%

Computer Science

2.8%

Kinesiology

2.8%

Education

2.8%

Economics

2.8%

Political Science

2.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.0%

Other

33.6%

Associate

12.2%

Certificate

6.8%

Masters

6.2%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

1.3%

License

1.0%
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