Profession fisheries master

Fisheries masters plan, manage and execute the activities of fishing vessels inshore, coastal and offshore waters. They direct and control the navigation. Fisheries masters can operate on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more. They control the loading, unloading and stevedoring, as well as the collection, handling, processing and preservation of fishing.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Fishing gear

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

  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System

    The internationally agreed-upon set of safety procedures, types of equipment and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft.

  • Pollution prevention

    The processes used to prevent pollution: precautions to pollution of the environment, procedures to counter pollution and associated equipment, and possible measures to protect the environment.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fishing vessels

    Denomination of the different elements and equipment of fishing vessels.

  • Assessment of risks and threats

    The security documentation and any security-related communications and information.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fisheries management

    The principles, methods and equipment used in population management applied to fisheries: the concept of catch, by-catch, fishing effort, maximum sustainable yield, different sampling methods and how to use sampling material.

  • International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships

    The fundamental principals and requirements laid in the International Regulation for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL): Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Oil, Regulations for the Control of Pollution by Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk, prevention of Pollution by Harmful Substances Carried by Sea in Packaged Form, Prevention of Pollution by Sewage from Ships, Prevention of Pollution by Garbage from Ships, Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships.

  • Deterioration of fish products

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

  • 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. 

Skills

  • Support vessel manoeuvres

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

  • Work in outdoor conditions

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

  • Recognise abnormalities on board

    Identify anomalies and abnormalities on board, evaluate them, and take appropriate actions to restore normal operation of ship. Check all (safety) systems for operational functions. Organise actions to be taken in the event of an identified problem.

  • Coordinate cargo handling

    Organize stowing with a plan of load distribution to get the stability of the vessel and security. Direction of cargo operations.

  • Use maritime English

    Communicate in English employing language used in actual situations on board ships, in ports and elsewhere in the shipping chain.

  • Pollution at sea prevention

    Organize and monitor environment protection applying the regulations for pollution prevention at sea.

  • Maritime metereology

    Interpret meteorological information to ensure the safety of the ship

  • Provide first aid

    Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or first aid in order to provide help to a sick or injured person until they receive more complete medical treatment.

  • 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.

  • Use meteorological information

    Use and interpret meteorological information for operations dependent on climatic conditions. Use this information to provide advise on safe operations in relation to weather conditions.

  • Ensure vessel compliance with regulations

    Inspect vessels, vessel components, and equipment; ensure compliance with standards and specifications.

  • Coordinate fish handling operations

    Organise fish handling operations to avoid fish products deterioration. Check the cleanliness of the deck and fishing hole before loading and manipulation. Control that the headless, gutted, washed and sorted, if applicable, is performed taking into account health hygiene regulations.

  • Conduct water navigation

    Ensure that a vessel carries up to date and adequate charts and appropriate nautical documents. Lead the process of preparing the voyage report, the vessel passage plan, daily position reports, and the pilot's information sheet.

  • Schedule fishing

    Design and implement more effective fishing manoeuvres; given the meteorological conditions and the extractive system.

  • Use water navigation devices

    Utilise water navigation devices, e.g. compass or sextant, or navigational aids such as lighthouses or buoys, radar, satellite, and computer systems, in order to navigate vessels on waterways. Work with recent charts/maps, notices, and publications in order to determine the precise position of a vessel.

  • Communicate using the global maritime distress and safety system

    Send an alert in case of distress, using any of the various GMDSS radio systems such that the alert has a very high probability of being received by either shore rescue authorities and/or other vessels in the area.

  • Provide training

    Provide training and orientation to new team members, or assign this task to an appropriately experienced team member.

  • Operate ship rescue machinery

    Operate rescue boats and survival craft. Launch the boats as required and operate their equipment. Take care of survivors and survival craft after abandoning ship. Use electronic devices to track and communicate location, including communications and signalling apparatus and pyrotechnics.

  • Prepare and execute regular safety exercises

    Plan and perform regular safety exercises; maximise safety in potentially dangerous situations.

  • Survive at sea in the event of ship abandonment

    Identify muster signals and what emergencies they signal. Comply with established procedures. Don and use a lifejacket or an immersion suit. Safely jump into the water from a height. Swim and right an inverted liferaft while wearing a swim while wearing a lifejacket. Keep afloat without a lifejacket. Board a survival craft from the ship, or from the water while wearing a lifejacket. Take initial actions on boarding survival craft to enhance chance of survival. Stream a drogue or sea-anchor. Operate survival craft equipment. Operate location devices, including radio equipment.

  • Assess trim of vessels

    Assess the trim stability of vessels, referring to the stability of a vessel while it is in a static condition.

  • Apply fishing maneuvres

    Run shooting and hauling gear operations for its optimal performance, complying with the regulations for a responsible fish and with the security measures.

  • Secure cargo in stowage

    Secure cargo stowage with basic knowledge of stowing methods; ensure efficient and safe transport of goods.

  • Evaluate schools of fish

    Interprete the information provided by electronic equipment and other aid to fisheries to evaluate the characteristics of a school of fish.

  • Swim

    Move through water by means of the limbs.

  • Provide on-board safety training

    Develop and implement on-board safety training programmes.

  • Extinguish fires

    Extinguish smaller fires such as electrical fires, oil fires, or propane fires, using the adequate portable fire extinguisher. Extinguish larger fires with water, using jet and spray nozzles. Extinguish fires with foam, powder or other chemical agents. Enter and pass through, with a lifeline but without breathing apparatus, a compartment into which high-expansion foam has been injected. Fight fire in smoke-filled enclosed spaces, wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus. Extinguish a fire in a simulated engine room with heavy smoke. Perform rescue operations in a smoke-filled space, wearing breathing apparatus.

  • Assess stability of vessels

    Assess the two kinds of stability of vessels, namely transversal and longitudinal.

  • Coordinate fire fighting

    Organize and direct the operations of fire fighting, according to the ship's emergency plans to ensure safety.

  • Undertake navigation safety actions

    Recognise unsafe situations and perform follow-up actions according to the safety regulations. Immediately warn ship management. Use personal protective and rescue equipment.

Optional knowledge and skills

prepare fishing equipment lead a team evaluate outdoor activities preserve fish products communicate in an outdoor setting adapt to changes on a boat manage groups outdoors deal with challenging work conditions implement risk management for outdoors respond to changing situations in fishery work in a multicultural environment in fishery handle challenging situations in fishery operations