Deck and Fishing Hand

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

Overview

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

Day-to-day

  • 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.

Considerations

  • irregular hours
  • physically demanding
  • working outdoors.

Occupation snapshot
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Stable
Apprenticeships may be available

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.

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