Fishing is the family business so I grew up with it.
Describe a typical day?
There is no typical day especially when out fishing. It varies from time of year and what fish you are catching. The weather also plays a huge part.
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
Depending on your particular role in the boat it varies. As first mate, my main responsibilites include: taking a watch; insuring that all life safety and fire fighting equipment are in good working order and working on deck.
What are the main challenges?
The main challenges are:
- the ever tightening quotas
- the increasing costs of running vessels.
- finding crew
- Departmental constraints
Filling the boat with fish in one go.
What's not so cool?
Tearing the net and mending it.
Getting no fish and therefore getting no money.
What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
I am very patience in looking for fish.
I have completed a wide spectrum of courses across various aspects of fishing.