Profession deep-sea fishery worker

Deep-sea fishery workers operate on board fishing vessels to catch deep-sea fish for sale or delivery. They use equipment such as rods and nets to catch deep-sea fish according to legislation. Deep-sea fishery workers also transport, handle and preserve fish by salting, icing or freezing them.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Quality of fish products

    Factors affecting the quality of fish products. For instance, differences between species, impact of the fishing gears and parasite influence on the preservation of quality.

  • Health and safety regulations

    Necessary health, safety, hygiene and environmental standards and legislation rules in the sector of particular activity.

  • Functions of vessel deck equipment

    Know and control deck and safety equipment and vessel lifting facilities.

  • Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries

    Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and the guidelines established for professional fishers.

  • Fishing gear

    Identification of the different gear used in capture fisheries and their functional capacity.

  • Deterioration of fish products

    Process of decomposition and spoilage of fish products: physical, enzymatic, microbiological and chemical processes occurring after harvesting.

  • Physical parts of the vessel

    Detailed knowledge of the different physical components of the vessel. Provide maintenance and care to ensure optimal operations.

  • Risks associated with undertaking fishing operations

    General risks occuring when working on fishing boats and specific risks occurring only in some fishing modalities. Prevention of threats and accidents.

  • Vessel safety equipment

    Gain theoretical and practical knowledge of safety equipment used in vessels, including devices such as lifeboats, life rings, splash doors and fire doors, sprinkler systems, etc. Operate equipment during emergency situations.

  • Fisheries legislation

    The study and analysis of different fisheries management approaches taking into account international treaties and industry norms in order to analyze fisheries management regulations. 

  • International regulations for preventing collisions at sea

    Fundamental aspects of the international regulations to prevent collisions at sea, such as the conduct of vessels in sight of one another, navigation lights and markers, major light and accoustic signals, maritime signalling and buoys.

Skills

  • Maintain safe navigation watches

    Observe principles in keeping a navigation watch. Take over, accept and pass on a watch. Steer the vessel and perform routine duties undertaken during a watch. Observe safety and emergency procedures. Observe safety precautions during a watch and take immediate actions in the event of fire or accident.

  • Operate fishing equipment machinery

    Set up and operate machinery to form fishing equipment or accesories such as rods, hooks and lines.

  • Swim

    Move through water by means of the limbs.

  • Handle fish products

    Handle fish with care and hygiene required to maintain quality. Adequately prepare fish products for storage.

  • Assist in ship maintenance

    Contribute to shipboard maintenance and repair using painting, lubrication and cleaning materials and equipment. Execute routine maintenance and repair procedures. Dispose safely waste materials. Apply, maintain and use hand and power tools.

  • Assist anchoring operations

    Assist during anchoring operations; operate equipment and assist in anchor manoeuvres.

  • Preserve fish products

    Place and classify fish products for proper conservation. Maintain suitable conditions for the conservation of fishery products.

  • Use fishing vessel equipment

    Dispose fishing gear and ship's deck for successful extraction activities as directed by the superior. Run shooting and hauling gear operations for its optimal performance.

  • Operate fish capture equipment

    Operate fish capture equipment, for grading, sampling or harvesting purposes.

  • Support vessel manoeuvres

    Participate in manoeuvres at port: berthing, anchoring and other mooring operations. Contribute to a safe navigational watch.

  • Assist emergency services

    Assist the police and emergency services where needed.

  • Follow verbal instructions

    Have the ability to follow spoken instructions received from colleagues. Strive to understand and clarify what is being requested.

  • Work in outdoor conditions

    Can cope with the different climate conditions such as heat, rain, cold or in strong wind.

  • Operate ship equipment

    Operate ship equipment such as engines and generators, winches, and HVAC systems. Assume responsibility for all exterior equipment, as well as some interior. Ensure that deck equipment is operated safely.

  • Follow hygienic practices in fishery operations

    Comply with the right regulations and practices for hygienically handling fishery related tasks and responsibilities in fishery operations.

Optional knowledge and skills

communicate using the global maritime distress and safety system unmoor vessels secure ships using rope survive at sea in the event of ship abandonment manage engine-room resources conduct on board safety inspections use maritime english report to captain wash decks of ships prepare lifeboats fire-fighting systems wash gutted fish remove parts of fish operate ship rescue machinery support fishery training procedures global maritime distress and safety system operate echo sounding equipment prepare deck equipment operate fish processing equipment international convention for the prevention of pollution from ships handle cargo fish anatomy operate traditional water depth measurement equipment collect weather-related data use radar navigation assist in maritime rescue operations coordinate the ship crew radars maintain ship logs analyse weather forecast sell fish and seafood fisheries management maintain vessel safety and emergency equipment extinguish fires