WHAT POTENTIAL CREW MEMBERS OF FISHING VESSELS NEED TO KNOW
Many stories have been told about people who, with no trouble whatsoever, landed a job as a crew member in Alaska's fishing industry on a highliner fishing boat and made tons of money. There are published materials for sale which boast of lucrative jobs in canneries and on fishing boats. The reality is, that for every success, there are twice as many failures. A prospective crew member's chance for a profitable season will be enhanced by careful assessment of job openings and close attention to details regarding any job offer.
During harvest seasons, prospective crew members must walk the fishing docks to follow up each word of mouth lead to speak with the skipper personally. The travel and waiting for such an opportunity can be costly, both physically and monetarily. Crew members rarely leave good jobs, so only a small percentage of hopefuls find their berth in this manner.
Below are the cold, hard facts about commercial fishing in Alaska.
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facts about commercial fishing in Alaska
Alaska Dept. of Labor
Alaska Fishing Jobs