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Apprenticeship training course

Fisher (level 2)

Harvest fish and shellfish.

Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Agriculture, environmental and animal care
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Commercial Fisher
  • Fisher
  • Fisherman
  • Fisherperson
  • Sea Fisher
  • Sea Fisherman
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Check personal safety equipment for defects (including personal floatation device, wet weather gear and personal locator beacon).
  • Check and acquire adequate food and water supplies for the length the trip.
  • Carry out an inspection of the boat to ensure that safety equipment is in place, and check the engine maintenance record.
  • Check that the deck is clear of obstructions and equipment is stowed away safely.
  • Check ice is suitable for the length of trip.
  • Inspect refrigeration/ storage facilities to ensure that it is operating correctly.
  • Inspect hydraulic pipes for defects. Report findings.
  • Prepare and shoot fishing gear.
  • Prepare for and haul fishing gear.
  • Identify the fish or shellfish species and sort them for processing. Release fish or shellfish in line with regulations.
  • Estimate the weight of each species. Record the information and submit to the Skipper.
  • Process species correctly (fish or shellfish). Store them to ensure quality.
  • Identify and resolve problems with the boat and fishing gear (within level of authority).
  • Keep watch and navigate the boat at sea (within level of authority), in line with Maritime Regulations (‘the rules of the road’).
  • Navigate the boat using GPS, radar and auto pilot bridge navigation equipment (within level of authority).
  • Tie up the boat taking into account the tide and weather conditions.
  • Communicate with other stations or boats using VHF radio.
  • Issue a distress alert.
  • Follow safety procedures: man overboard, anchor drills, fire drills.
  • Unload the catch for transport to market whilst maintaining catch quality.
  • Prepare food for the crew and maintain cleanliness of living area.

Full information on Fisher (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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