Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 45-3011 Fishers and Related Fishing Workers
Use nets, fishing rods, traps, or other equipment to catch and gather fish or other aquatic animals from rivers, lakes, or oceans, for human consumption or other uses. May haul game onto ship. Include aquacultural laborers who work on fish farms with "Agricultural Workers, All Other" (45-2099).
Education: Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Tasks: Steer vessels and operate navigational instruments. Put fishing equipment into the water and anchor or tow equipment, according to the fishing method used. Maintain engines, fishing gear, and other on-board equipment; and perform minor repairs. Sort, pack, and store catch in holds with salt and ice. Remove catches from fishing equipment and measure them to ensure compliance with legal size. Locate fish, using fish-finding equipment. Return undesirable or illegal catches to the water. Pull and guide nets, traps, and lines onto vessels, by hand or using hoisting equipment. Direct fishing operations, and supervise fishing crew members. Signal other workers to move, hoist, and position loads. Compute positions and plot courses on charts to navigate vessels, using instruments such as compasses, sextants, and charts. Oversee the purchase of supplies, gear, and equipment such as fuel, netting, and cables. Attach nets, slings, hooks, blades, and/or lifting devices to cables, booms, hoists, and/or dredges. Transport fish to processing plants or to buyers. Interpret weather and vessel conditions to determine appropriate responses. Wash decks, conveyors, knives, and other equipment, using brushes, detergents, and water. Connect accessories such as floats, weights, flags, lights, or markers to nets, lines, or traps. Load and unload vessel equipment and supplies, by hand or using hoisting equipment.
License: License not required.
Outlook: No Change
Alabama Employment Outlook
Comprehensive wage data available: Alabama Occupational Wage Survey
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45-3011.00 Fishers and Related Fishing Workers