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Salary Range
€18k - €30k
Job Zone

In Brief...

Works on a trawler at sea, catching and landing all kinds of fish and shellfish.

Knowledge

  • Food Production Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • 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.
  • Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Skills

  • Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

In Summary - Fisherman / woman

Career Sectors

Fisherman / womans typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Maritime Tourism
Maritime, Fishing & Aquaculture
Sea Fishing
Maritime, Fishing & Aquaculture

Videos & Interviews

Noel O'Sullivan, Skipper

Noel O'Sullivan is a Skipper working out of Castletownbere in County Cork. He went to fishing college and holds his Skipper Licience. Noel owns his own boat and operated with a crew. He stresses the importance of training in the area of emergency, first aid and fire.

Ivan Toole & Paul O'Sullivan, Fisherman / Skipper

Ivan Toole is a Fisherman based in Dun Laoghaire, fishing mostly crab, lobster and whelk. Paul works with a team of up to three people on board the fishing vessel.

Paul O’Sullivan is a Skipper in his local area of Castletownbere. He is currently completing his Skipper Full course with BIM which will allow him to fish in a boat of any size globally.

Alan O'Neill, Fisherman

Alan O'Neill is a Skipper working out of Castletownbere in Cork and has his final Skippers Licience. This entitles him to skipper a boat up to 50m and allows him to skipper any fishing vessel worldwide. This ticket allows you more career pathways as you have a wider boat base to choose from.

Videos on the Web

Further Information

The Work - Fisherman / woman

While the general pattern of fishing is that boats leave for the fishing ground in the early morning and return the same evening, many of the larger vessels stay at sea for longer periods.  
 
The Skipper or the Second-Hand normally attends to the navigation of the vessel while the Fishing Vessel Engineer maintains the engine. Electronic systems such as radio transmitters, navigating and fish locating equipment are used.  
 
The shooting and the hauling of the nets is carried out by the Deck-hands who are also responsible for the gutting, washing, grading and icing of the fish and general up-keep of the vessel. All members of crews are very aware of safety drills and are capable of swift action in the event of an emergency at sea.  
 
When confined to port during bad weather or for engine repairs, the crew are occupied in the maintenance of the vessel and the repair of nets.

Most commonly reported Work 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.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • 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.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • 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.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Interests - Fisherman / woman

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Naturalist

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Qualities

Fishermen/women need to be strong individuals who enjoy an outdoor life and can work as part of a team. Primarily you must be a good seaman/woman, able to turn your hands to a wide variety of tasks, use your initiative and react swiftly in an emergency.  
 
Even small boats now employ sophisticated technology, such as electronic position finding and fish locating equipment, as well as modern mechanical handling gear, so you need to be able to understand and operate technical equipment.  
 
On small vessels, local knowledge, experience and instinct are required to locate and make successful catches. You need good health, stamina and good vision.

Entry Requirements - Fisherman / woman

Pay & Salary - Fisherman / woman

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €18k - €30k

Data Source(s):
BIM

Last Updated: August, 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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