Fishing vessel deckhands (NOC 8441)

About this job

Fishing vessel deckhands:

  • perform a variety of manual tasks on commercial fishing trips
  • maintain fishing boats
  • work for businesses that operate commercial fishing vessels
  • work for self-employed fishermen/women
Common job titles
  • crew member, fishing vessel
  • fishing vessel checker / crew member
  • trawlerman / trawlerwoman


Fishing vessel deckhands perform some or all of the following duties:

  • prepare nets, lines and other fishing tackle
  • 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

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place on a fishing boat where workers are exposed to various weather conditions.
  • Working on commercial fish boats can be hazardous, but hazards can be reduced by following safety procedures.
  • Strong odours are common on a fishing boat.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Fishing vessel deckhands may become skippers after getting an entry licence and a boat.

Fishing vessel deckhands may progress to watchkeeper or mate positions with additional training.

Additional resources