Working on a fishing boat in Alaska

Alaska is a place that boasts of many boat fishing jobs. The fishing industry here is huge using factory trawlers with crews with over 100 workers, to the smaller, two-man gillnetting boats. There are over 70 onshore processing plants found in five different regions of the state, providing employment to thousands of people in Alaska boat fishing jobs.

When approaching Alaska boat fishing jobs, it is better to approach the larger trawlers as they are most likely to provide employment to you. The smaller fishing boats are usually family owned, offering only a few deckhand jobs. These jobs are usually given to family and close friends only, and it is a waste of time sending them your resumes! The only way of getting employment in a family fishing boat, without any experience is by luck and by being at the right place at the right time!

The Alaska boat fishing jobs has work in the offshore fishing industry, which include giant floating processors and tenders. In addition to this, there are many 'factory' or catcher/processor vessels that both catch and process the fish at sea. One can also get employment in the three main types of salmon harvesting boats, pot boats and longliners that are found in Alaska boat fishing jobs. Alaska boat fishing jobs are also found on the many smaller trawler boats found here that are used to catch groundfish, but not to process them. Such fishing boats provide employment to about twenty people per boat, and this too depends on the fishery, the fishing methods being used and the region of fishing.

Alaska boat fishing jobs consist of the harvesting and the processing process. It is quite important for anyone seeking employment in the Alaska fishing boats to decide exactly which job to pursue. The processing process occurs both at onshore plants and on boats, while harvesting occurs only on boats, as it is the actual work of catching fish. Actually, it is better for the newcomer to break into the Alaska fish industry on the processing end of things in either onshore plants or floating vessels.

These companies hire numerous entry-level workers whose main job is to deal with the caught fish. The different job openings here are as slimers, packers, machine operators, office staff and cleanup crewmembers. The worker here is paid an hourly wage in addition to overtime and bonuses that make up to to per week during peak season. The employer provides the room, board and transportation from the point of hire, as long as you fulfill your part of the contract term!

However, it is the harvesting or deckhands positions of Alaska fishing boat jobs that prove to be more lucrative. The deckhands here are paid a percentage of the catch of the boat, which is called a crew share. So if the boat gets a good catch, the deckhands are paid well, and vise versa. It is thus possible for those working on the boats to make as much as ,000 a month or ,000 a month! Another advantage of deckhand jobs is that you can live and eat onboard the boat. This in turn reduces your living expenses. Working as a harvest worker needs knowledge of net repair, wheel watching, net hauling and rigging.

People seeking Alaska boat fishing jobs in summer work in the commercial or sport salmon fishing industries, which are immense. Sometimes, the haul then is between 150 and 200 million fish in a few months! Peak seasons for Alaska boat fishing jobs vary by region and ranges from mid June to late August. Salmon season ends in autumn, to shift to other fisheries throughout the state providing employment in onshore processing plants, offshore processing vessels and harvesting vessels. When going to Alaska in search for work in fishing boats, it is vital to take enough money for a round trip home is the going gets tough, or the job falls through. Warm clothes are a necessity; and people under medications should take enough to last the season. Seasick pills are a must if you plan to work on a boat.