Fishing Boat Deckhand

Fishing Boat Deckhand


Deckhands clear the decks, prepare and maintain equipment and handle the catch on offshore fishing vessels.


In your day-to-day tasks you may:

  • prepare the deck areas and fishing equipment
  • operate the gear that sends out and brings in the nets
  • sort, gut and store the catch
  • unload the catch when you return to harbour
  • repair damaged nets and maintain equipment
  • help to make sure the vessel is kept clean and tidy
  • cook for crew members (on some vessels)

Fishing boat operators.


You could work on a boat. Your working environment may be physically demanding, outdoors in all weathers, cramped and you may spend nights away from home.

Working Hours

43 to 45 hours a week. Hours could include weekends, evenings and bank holidays. You may also be required to work away from home.


£17,400 to £26,000 a year.


You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

You will need to:

  • complete basic sea safety training – STCW – approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  • be over 16 years of age
  • have a good level of fitness

Tagged as: [Marine and Maritime]

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