Commercial Fishing Jobs in the USA

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                <p>Recent economic events have inspired many people to
look for a new career in the <a
onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackPageview',
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fishing.org/" target="_blank" title="commercial fishing">commercial
fishing</a> and seafood industries. While novels, movies and reality
shows romanticize the lifestyle of fishermen, real life experiences can
be quite different. Still the industry needs a new generation of workers
and some people manage to enter commercial fishing with little or no
experience.<br><br>Some people that try working in the fishing industry
find the work too erratic, demanding and dangerous but many people that
fish for a living become very passionate about the craft and endure
incredible hardships in order to return to sea. A select few people in
the industry go on to eventually obtain their captain's license and run a
vessel either for a company or perhaps even one they
purchase.<br><br>Most commercial boats are subject to a ever-increasing
list of permits, regulations and requirements. The majority of American
fisheries have limited entry requirements which make new vessels almost
an impossibility. Some Federal and State permits are transferable from
boat to boat but costs to buy or lease an existing permit can be a costly
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<br>When seeking a spot as a crew member on a commercial fishing boat,
one should keep in mind that most available positions are in or near the
top port cities. These include Dutch Harbor - Unalaska, Alaska, New
Bedford, Boston and <a onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackPageview',
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href="http://www.squidoo.com/gloucester-massachusetts" target="_blank"
title="gloucester massachusetts">Gloucester Massachusetts</a>, <a
onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackPageview',
'/outgoing/article_exit_link/1439047']);" href="http://www.tidewater-
virginia.net/" target="_blank" title="hampton roads virginia">Hampton
Roads Virginia</a> and others. The U.S. Department of Commerce publishes
an annual document entitled "Fisheries Economics of the United States"
which lists major American fishing ports by state, with data for port
landings in both value and poundage.<br><br>Skills in a related field may
help a newcomer to the industry. Commercial fishermen need to know basic
coastal navigation, boating safety, basic mechanical skills and
seamanship. Experience in marine electronics, diesel engine service,
hydraulics, electrical, refrigeration and seafood handling can be
valuable assets for candidates.<br> <br>Besides working as a fisherman,
positions in the industry include the many services that support
commercial fishing. These include professions such as seafood handling,
marine electronics, welding, refrigeration, mechanical repair work,
trucking and other trades.<br><br>Commercial fishing observer programs
are another source of employment. Observers work on commercial fishing
vessels, fish processing factories or dredging vessels to monitor effects
of those activities on natural resources. For more information regarding
fisheries observers in the United States, visit the National Observer
Program website. In addition, fisheries observer programs occur
internationally. <br><br>Education is important for some jobs that relate
to commercial fishing. Local community colleges or colleges that serve
fishing communities sometimes offer classes relevant to the industry.
Credit and non-credit courses are also offered in several American and
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