Try to learn something about a vessel that you are contemplating signing up aboard.
Sometimes a crew member who has left a vessel might be able to provide valuable
information that can assist in making a decision as to whether or not this is a boat and
captain that you’d trust your life with. Working and living conditions on fishing boats can
vary with the size of the boat. But you shouldn’t expect privacy, since you should be
prepared to share a cabin with several other crewmembers.







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Maritime Jobs in the Fishing Industry
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Jobs on Commercial Fishing Vessels
Commercial fishing jobs are among the
most dangerous jobs in the world. It’s no
wonder, when you consider that getting to
commercial fisheries involves crossing
treacherous seas in hostile weather, in
vessels that don’t seem quite that big
once they’re out on the open seas.

The crab season in the Bering Sea is
regarded as a draw for high paying jobs,
but the work is tough. The dangers are
ever present. Deckhands can suffer
severe falls on slippery decks that pitch
and roll during heavy seas. The gear for
hauling pots doesn’t distinguish fingers
and hands from rope. And if someone is
washed overboard, recovery from the
frigid waters is a life and death matter.
Lobster fishing may not enjoy the same
recognition as crab fishing, but lobster
boats are also a rough place to work,
whether operating off the coast of Maine
or Massachusetts.
UniSea has job opportunities in the commercial
fishing industry. They seek candidates in Dutch
Harbor, Alaska and Redmond, Washington.
They employ between 600 - 1200 employees
that include seasonal and temporary labor. To
learn more, see the link above.
Many fishing jobs are found by word of mouth.
In a given geographical area, the fishing
industry can be a small community. Candidates
who seek employment this way should try to
learn something about a captain’s reputation.
Try to learn how crew members regard his
priorities for the safety and well being of his
crew.
Dreaming of making big
bucks in the lobster
industry?
Think twice. If you
feel that fishermen took a
"one-two punch" from recent
diesel prices coupled with
regulatory issues, a worse
development has been
decimating the industry...
falling lobster prices. The
result has been increasing
tensions among New
England lobstermen for prized
fishing territories. Things
came to a head in Matinicus
Island, Maine recently when
one fishermen shot at
another, wounding him. Read
the
New York Times article.
One look at the photo above and it doesn't take a genius to figure out why
commercial fishing has one of the highest fatality rates of jobs tracked by the U.S.
Dept. of Labor. Yet, the industry is a draw for many people. We feature these links
to
Icicle Seafoods and Westward Seafoods.
Commercial fishing jobs are also posted by Peter Pan Seafood. If you're new to
the industry, visit the
Commercial Fishing Occupational Page with the US DOL.
It may also be worth checking out fishing jobs at Unisea, a major employer in the
Pacific Northwest. However, if the video above makes anything clear, this is not an
industry with cushy jobs, either on crab vessels or factory seafood vessels.
The Center for Disease
Control and Prevention has a
program called Live to be
Salty about
Safety at Sea .

The U.S. Coast Guard's
Commercial Fishing Industry
Vessel Advisory Committee
compiled a
list of
recommendations for
preventing man overboard
accidents
.