Job description Fishing Vessel Deckhand near Vancouver (BC)

Find out what work is like for a fishing vessel deckhand in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Fishing vessel deckhands (NOC 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.

Job duties

  • This group performs 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
  • Sort, return protected species to the water, clean 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 anchors and mooring lines during docking and undocking procedures
  • May steer vessels to and from fishing areas
  • May prepare and cook meals for crew members.

Job titles

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

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