8441 Fishing vessel deckhands
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Lead statementFishing 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.
- fishing vessel crewman/woman
- fishing vessel deckhand
- fishing vessel icer
- fishing vessel netmender
- seiner deckhand
Fishing vessel deckhands perform some or all of the following duties:
- 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.
- There are no specific educational requirements.
- On-the-job training is provided.
- Marine Emergency Duties certificate is required by Transport Canada.
- A deckhand training program may be required.
- Trawlermen/women require at least one year of experience.
- Fishing vessel deckhands require a commercial fishing licence.
- Fishing vessel deckhands may become skippers upon acquiring an entry licence and a boat.
- Fishing vessel deckhands may progress to watchkeeper or mate positions with additional training.