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Deck and Fishing Hands maintain ships' equipment and structures, and catch fish, crustacea and molluscs.


  • handling ropes and wires, and operating mooring equipment when berthing and unberthing
  • standing lookout watches at sea and adjusting the ship's course as directed
  • assisting with cargo operations using on-board equipment and stowing and securing cargo
  • patrolling ships to ensure safety of the vessel, cargo and passengers
  • performing routine maintenance and checks on deck equipment, cargo gear, rigging, and lifesaving and firefighting appliances
  • attaching gear and fastening towing cables to nets
  • casting and lowering nets, pots, lines and traps into water
  • preparing lines, attaching running gear and bait, and setting lines into position
  • hauling in fishing gear and removing fish and other marine life
  • sorting, cleaning, preserving, stowing and refrigerating catch.


  • irregular hours
  • physically demanding
  • working outdoors.

To become a Deck and Fishing Hand

  • You can work as a Deck or Fishing Hand without formal qualifications, however, a certificate I, II or III in maritime operations, fishing operations or aquaculture may be useful.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Machinery Operation

  • First Aid

  • Communication Skills

  • Electrical Power Generation

  • Cargo Handling

  • Low and High Voltage

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