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Fishmonger

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€25k > 40 
Fishmonger
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€25 - 40 
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Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
2%
Occupational Category

Butchers, Fishmongers, etc.

Also included in this category:

Butchery managers; master butchers; slaughtermen; filleters (fish); fish processors; butchers (fish, poultry); fishmongers

Number Employed:

8,500

Part time workers: 12%
Aged over 55: 13%
Male / Female: 91 / 10%
Non-Nationals: 31%
With Third Level: 7%
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At a Glance... header image

Buys fish wholesale and hand-prepares it for retail sales.


Videos & Interviews header image

1Total Records: 2

Brendan White
Fish Filleter  

Brendan White is a Fish Filleter working for Albatross Seafoods in Donegal. He has done a number of different courses for his job, including a Filleting Course, a Forklift Course and two HACCP Courses, in the last few years. He has just completed a E.C.D.L course, which he found to be very helpful in his job.

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Nicola O'Higgins
Fishmonger  

Nichola O'Higgins owns and runs a fish shop in Wicklow with her Husband, who is also a Chef.  The job entails sourcing the best supply of fish, presenting it in the most attractive manner, providing advice to her customers on how to cook it, marketing their services, keeping the accounts in order and maintaining the highest levels of hygiene at all times.

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The Work header image

Fishmongering is a skilled job that demands a detailed knowledge of fish and fish products. A fishmonger buys fish wholesale and hand-prepares it for retail sales. The preparation involves removing scales, skin and bones and possibly cutting the fish into smaller portions. Fishmongers might also carry out specialised tasks such as dressing crabs.  
 
The work involves collecting and storing stock, displaying fish and serving customers, often giving advice on how best to store and cook fish. Some fishmongers also sell poultry and game.  
 
A fishmonger has to maintain strict standards of hygiene and health and safety. Fish handling tools and equipment such as knives, tongs, fish slices, sharpening tools and pliers are used and have to be clean and well looked after.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

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.

Work Activities header image

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.


Knowledge header image

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.


Skillsheader image

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.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a fishmonger, you should be physically fit as the work involves standing for long periods and some lifting. Good communication skills are important as you will be dealing with the public on a regular basis and trying to make sales. An ability to handle cash and keep accounts is also useful.  
 
You should not suffer from skin allergies and must maintain a high standard of personal hygiene. It is essential to be able to cope with the sight of blood particularly for gutting and cleaning fish.


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Organisation: Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM)
  Address: Crofton House, Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
  Tel: (01) 214 4100
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