National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011


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8441 - Fishing vessel deckhands

Fishing vessel deckhands perform a variety of manual tasks on commercial fishing voyages, and maintain fishing vessels. They are employed by establishments that operate commercial fishing vessels and by self-employed fishermen/women.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • crewman/woman, fishing vessel
    • deckhand, seiner
    • fishing vessel deckhand
    • icer, fishing vessel
    • netmender, fishing vessel
    • trawlerman/woman

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Deck officers, water transport (2273)
    • Fishermen/women (8262)
    • Fishing masters and officers (8261)
  • Main duties

    Fishing vessel deckhands perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Prepare nets, lines and other fishing tackle, and operate fishing gear to catch fish and other marine life
    • Clean, sort and pack fish in ice and stow catch in hold
    • Repair nets, splice ropes and maintain fishing gear and other deck equipment
    • Clean deck surfaces and fish hold
    • Handle mooring lines during docking
    • May steer vessels to and from fishing areas
    • May prepare and cook meals for crew members.
  • Employment requirements

    • There are no specific educational requirements.
    • On-the-job training is provided.
    • Trawlermen/women require at least one year of experience.
    • Fishing vessel deckhands require a commercial fishing licence.
  • Additional information

    • Fishing vessel deckhands may become skippers upon acquiring an entry licence and a boat.
    • Fishing vessel deckhands may progress to watchkeeper or mate positions with additional training.
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