In Summary - Fishmonger
Fishmongers typically work in the following Career Sectors:
Videos & Interviews
Brendan White, Fish Filleter
Brendan White is a Fish Filleter working for Albatross Seafoods in Donegal. He has done a number of different courses for his job, including a Filleting Course, a Forklift Course and two HACCP Courses, in the last few years. He has just completed a E.C.D.L course, which he found to be very helpful in his job.
Nicola O'Higgins, Fishmonger
Nichola O'Higgins owns and runs a fish shop in Wicklow with her Husband, who is also a Chef. The job entails sourcing the best supply of fish, presenting it in the most attractive manner, providing advice to her customers on how to cook it, marketing their services, keeping the accounts in order and maintaining the highest levels of hygiene at all times.
Videos on the Web
- Fishmonger- from: Youtube Search
- Fishmonger - from: BIM Ireland [Videos]
The Work - Fishmonger
Fishmongering is a skilled job that demands a detailed knowledge of fish and fish products. A fishmonger buys fish wholesale and hand-prepares it for retail sales. The preparation involves removing scales, skin and bones and possibly cutting the fish into smaller portions. Fishmongers might also carry out specialised tasks such as dressing crabs.
The work involves collecting and storing stock, displaying fish and serving customers, often giving advice on how best to store and cook fish. Some fishmongers also sell poultry and game.
A fishmonger has to maintain strict standards of hygiene and health and safety. Fish handling tools and equipment such as knives, tongs, fish slices, sharpening tools and pliers are used and have to be clean and well looked after.
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 - Fishmonger
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
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.
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
As a fishmonger, you should be physically fit as the work involves standing for long periods and some lifting. Good communication skills are important as you will be dealing with the public on a regular basis and trying to make sales. An ability to handle cash and keep accounts is also useful.
You should not suffer from skin allergies and must maintain a high standard of personal hygiene. It is essential to be able to cope with the sight of blood particularly for gutting and cleaning fish.
Entry Requirements - Fishmonger
Pay & Salary - Fishmonger
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 18k - 40k
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.
Labour Market Updates - Fishmonger
Employment growth has been below the national average in this occupation. Attracting and retaining deboners for the meat processing sector continues to be an issue for employers.
National Skills Bulletin 2018