Fishing Vessel Mate

Supervise and coordinate activities of crews aboard fishing vessels.
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Salary Range
$31,000 – $117,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Fishing Vessel Mates do?

Supervises and coordinates activities of crew aboard fishing vessel: Examines fishing gear and life-saving equipment and orders crew to repair or replace defective gear and equipment. Stands watch during specified periods and determines geographical position of vessel upon request of CAPTAIN, FISHING VESSEL, using loran and azimuths of celestial bodies. Directs activities of workers engaged in capture, preservation, stowing, and refrigeration of fish aboard fishing vessel. Assumes command of fishing vessel in event CAPTAIN, FISHING VESSEL becomes incapacitated. May locate schools of finfish and other marine life by observation from masthead and relay navigating directions to CAPTAIN, FISHING VESSEL. May be required to hold license issued by U.S. Coast Guard.


Should I be a Fishing Vessel Mate?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Towing Vessel Master

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