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Responsible for all aspects of a running and maintaining a fishing vessel, including its crew. Decides where and when to fish, and how the fish are sold.


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1Total Records: 4

Alan O'Neill
Fisherman  

Alan O'Neill is a Skipper working out of Castletownbere in Cork and has his final Skippers Licience. This entitles him to skipper a boat up to 50m and allows him to skipper any fishing vessel worldwide. This ticket allows you more career pathways as you have a wider boat base to choose from.

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Ivan Toole & Paul O'Sullivan
Fisherman / Skipper  

Ivan Toole is a Fisherman based in Dun Laoghaire, fishing mostly crab, lobster and whelk. Paul works with a team of up to three people on board the fishing vessel.

Paul O’Sullivan is a Skipper in his local area of Castletownbere. He is currently completing his Skipper Full course with BIM which will allow him to fish in a boat of any size globally.

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Noel O'Sullivan
Skipper  
Noel O'Sullivan is a Skipper working out of Castletownbere in County Cork. He went to fishing college and holds his Skipper Licience. Noel owns his own boat and operated with a crew. He stresses the importance of training in the area of emergency, first aid and fire.
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Liz O'Toole
Skipper  

It was a personal choice to follow a career in the fishing industry. I did a NCUA course in fishing in the area of becoming a Deckhand. A Deckhand is someone who accompanies and assists the Skipper and his crew. This course led to a work placement on a boat. Three years later, the Skipper on the boat on which I worked gave me the position of 2nd Skipper so I completed the certificate of competency (skipper 2nd hand).

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Steer vessels and operate navigational instruments.

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Put fishing equipment into the water and anchor or tow equipment, according to the fishing method used.

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Maintain engines, fishing gear, and other on-board equipment; and perform minor repairs.

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Sort, pack, and store catch in holds with salt and ice.

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Remove catches from fishing equipment and measure them to ensure compliance with legal size.

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Locate fish, using fish-finding equipment.

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Return undesirable or illegal catches to the water.

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Pull and guide nets, traps, and lines onto vessels, by hand or using hoisting equipment.

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Direct fishing operations, and supervise fishing crew members.

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Signal other workers to move, hoist, and position loads.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:  Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Food Production:  Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Transportation:  Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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Geography:  Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Negotiation:   Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Repairing:   Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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