Pot Fisher

Fish for marine life, including crab, eel, or lobster, using pots.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $40,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Pot Fishers do?

Fishes for marine life, including crab, eel, or lobster, using pots: Ties marker float to line, attaches line to pot, fastens bait inside pot, and lowers pot into water. Hooks marker float with pole and pulls up pot. Reaches through hinged door of pot to remove catch or dumps catch on deck. Measures catch with fixed gauge to ensure compliance with legal size. Places legal catch in container and tosses illegal catch overboard. Places peg in hinge of claws to prevent lobsters, in container, from killing each other. May rig and lower dredge, drag dredge behind boat to gather marine life from water bottom, and hoist it to deck by hand or using block and tackle. May be designated according to type of marine life fished for as Fisher, Crab; Fisher, Eel; Fisher, Lobster. May work alone or as member of crew.


Should I be a Pot Fisher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Commercial Fisher, Fisher, Fisher, Clam, Fisher, Eel, Fisher, Mussel, Fisher, Pot, Fisher, Quahog, Fish Pitcher See More

    How to become a Pot Fisher

    Most Pot Fishers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9nahaa&chl=no+college+%2874%25%29|certificate+%2816%25%29||bachelor%27s+%289%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,74,74
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