Underwater Hunter Trapper

Recover hard-to-find sea creatures for eating, medical uses, and more.

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What do Underwater Hunter Trappers do?

Some creatures that lurk beneath the surface of the water may taste wonderful when grilled with a little lemon and olive oil. Others may make lifesaving medications when they’re ground up. Of course, before underwater creatures can be used this way, someone must capture them first. An Underwater Hunter Trapper is that person.

The methods an Underwater Hunter Trapper uses in his or her work depend heavily on the creatures being hunted. As an Underwater Hunter Trapper, if you’ve been asked to capture small creatures that don’t move much, such as abalone or sponges, you strap on diving gear and swim beneath the water to cut the items away from the rocks. If you’ve been asked to capture larger items, you string nets into the water, and pull those nets up when they’re full.

Sometimes, other curious creatures climb into your traps and nets, and it’s your responsibility to release them. You may cut your nets or damage your equipment in the process, but cursing isn’t acceptable (besides, it would be hard to do that underwater).

Creatures that live in water don’t stay fresh for long when they’re captured. So before you bring anything to the surface, you make sure that a container full of ice is ready. Each item you pull out of the water is stored in the ice.

Keeping your nets, hooks, and other equipment clean and in good condition makes your job much easier. At the end of each workday, you examine your equipment and make necessary repairs. You also spray it with cleanser so it won’t rust or corrode.

Should I be an Underwater Hunter Trapper?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Underwater Hunter-Trapper

    How to Become an
    Underwater Hunter Trapper

    Most Underwater Hunter Trappers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9kceaa&chl=no+college+%2878%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|bachelor%27s+%286%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,78,78
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