Commercial Fisherman – The Career
If you prove yourself to the company during your first contract by hard work and no complaining, they will be happy to see you back on the ship. I waited two trips/ 19 days before returning back on the ship. Usually people make more money on their second contract than on the first. By then a person isn’t a complete beginner and depending on your progress your share increases also. At the start of the first contract I had 1.75 share, for the second contract I had 3 shares and sometimes even 0.5 share bonus on top of that. Where one share was equal to $1000, this made a $1250 difference for one trip. The longer you stay on the ship, the more you can earn. If you want to and you have what it takes, stay!
More contracts – long-time perspective
As a processor, you do the heaviest jobs, you also take the most shit.life of a fisherman
If you like the job and if you make good money – why not make it a career. Let me give you my personal view. If you do not have the ambition to level up from a processing position, career of a fisherman doesn’t really make sense for you. On my second contract I have already made the most money I could in the factory. As a processor, you do the heaviest jobs, you also take the most shit. I would not want to do this for my whole life. If you spend at least two contracts a year on a fishing boat, you work hard and you are willing to learn, you can become a deckhand, foreman, deck boss, boat engineer or even a captain in the following years. They make a lot more money than processors, but they do have a lot more responsibility. If all you want is quick money, you won’t make it any further than processor, and if you are very lucky, to a combi position. I was the lucky one for one trip. I speak only from the factory trawler (big boat) point of view.
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