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.

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.

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.

All Titles

  • checkerman/woman, fishing vesselcheckerman, fishing vessel, checkerwoman, fishing vessel, fishing vessel checkerman, fishing vessel checkerwoman
  • crewman/woman, fishing vesselcrewman, fishing vessel, crewwoman, fishing vessel, fishing vessel crewman, fishing vessel crewwoman
  • deckhand, fishing vessel
  • deckhand, gillnetter
  • deckhand, offshore trawler
  • deckhand, seiner
  • deckhand, shellfish harvester
  • fishboat deckhand
  • fishing vessel checkerman/woman
  • fishing vessel crewman/woman
  • fishing vessel deckhand
  • fishing vessel icer
  • fishing vessel netmender
  • fishing vessel rollerman/womanfishing vessel rollerman, fishing vessel rollerwoman, rollerman, fishing vessel, rollerwoman, fishing vessel
  • fishing vessel skiffman/womanfishing vessel skiffman, fishing vessel skiffwoman, skiffman, fishing vessel, skiffwoman, fishing vessel
  • gillnetter deckhand
  • icer, fishing vessel
  • netmender, fishing vessel
  • offshore trawler deckhand
  • rollerman/woman, fishing vessel
  • seiner deckhand
  • shellfish harvester deckhand
  • skiffman/woman, fishing vessel
  • trawlerman/woman


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  • Fishermen/women (8262)
  • Fishing masters and officers (8261)


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