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Fishing Hands catch fish, crustacea and molluscs using nets, pots, lines and traps in ocean and inland waters.


  • attaches gear and fastens towing cables to nets
  • casts and lowers nets, pots, lines and traps into water
  • prepares lines, attaches running gear and bait, and sets lines into position
  • hauls in fishing gear and removes fish and other marine life
  • sorts, cleans, preserves, stows and refrigerates catch.


  • physically demanding
  • working outdoors.

To become a Fishing Hand

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

Skills employers are looking for

  • Research

  • Communication Skills

  • Planning

  • Natural Resources

  • Environmental Science

  • Building Relationships

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