Fishing Hand

Also known as Fishing Boat Mate.
Catches fish, crustacea and molluscs using nets, pots, lines and traps in ocean and inland waters.
Training time - No data available -
Average pay $55,029
Employment prospects Poor
Employment size 300

What does a Fishing Hand do?

  • handling ropes and wires, and operating mooring equipment when berthing and unberthing
  • standing lookout watches at sea and adjusting the ship's course as directed
  • assisting with cargo operations using on-board equipment and stowing and securing cargo
  • patrolling ships to ensure safety of the vessel, cargo and passengers
  • performing routine maintenance and checks on deck equipment, cargo gear, rigging, and lifesaving and firefighting appliances
  • attaching gear and fastening towing cables to nets
  • casting and lowering nets, pots, lines and traps into water
  • preparing lines, attaching running gear and bait, and setting lines into position
  • hauling in fishing gear and removing fish and other marine life


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Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)