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Go for it!  But realise that its not going to be easy and things take time and there are LOTS of sacrifices to make. Also make sure you learn from your mistakes - because you will make them. It is really only a mistake if you don't learn from it.
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Deckhand

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Deckhand
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(thousands per year)*
€12 - 40
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Fishing crew are normally paid a share of the catch. Rates depend on number of crew, and crew members rank.
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Assists with the maintenance of boats/vessels, rigs tow lines, open and closes gates and ramps, and pulls guard chains across entries.


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Liz O'Toole
Skipper

It was a personal choice to follow a career in the fishing industry. I did a NCUA course in fishing in the area of becoming a Deckhand. A Deckhand is someone who accompanies and assists the Skipper and his crew. This course led to a work placement on a boat. Three years later, the Skipper on the boat on which I worked gave me the position of 2nd Skipper so I completed the certificate of competency (skipper 2nd hand).

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Steer vessels and operate navigational instruments.

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Put fishing equipment into the water and anchor or tow equipment, according to the fishing method used.

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Maintain engines, fishing gear, and other on-board equipment; and perform minor repairs.

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Sort, pack, and store catch in holds with salt and ice.

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Remove catches from fishing equipment and measure them to ensure compliance with legal size.

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Locate fish, using fish-finding equipment.

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Return undesirable or illegal catches to the water.

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Pull and guide nets, traps, and lines onto vessels, by hand or using hoisting equipment.

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Direct fishing operations, and supervise fishing crew members.

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Signal other workers to move, hoist, and position loads.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment: Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment: Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others: Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others: Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Food Production: Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Transportation: Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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Geography: Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

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Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Management of Personnel Resources: Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Negotiation: Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

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Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Repairing: Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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