Fishing vessel deckhands (NOC 8441)

Significant seasonality

Job titles

  • crewman/woman, fishing vessel
  • deckhand, seiner
  • fishing vessel checkerman/woman
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Nature of work

Fishing 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.

Fields of interest

  • Developing and working with natural resources
  • Working in transportation and maintenance
  • Working outdoors or with the environment

Main duties

  • 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
  • - Clean, sort 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 mooring lines during docking
  • - May steer vessels to and from fishing areas
  • - May prepare and cook meals for crew members.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * There are no specific educational requirements.
  • * On-the-job training is provided.
  • * Trawlermen/women require at least one year of experience.
  • * Fishing vessel deckhands require a commercial fishing licence.

Skill type

  • Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations

Skill level

  • Intermediate

More information

  • * 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.

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