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Apprenticeship training course

Fisher (level 2)

Harvest fish and shellfish.

Qualification level
2
Equivalent to GCSE.
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Agriculture, environmental and animal care
Maximum funding
£10,000
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Commercial Fisher
  • Fisher
  • Fisherman
  • Fisherperson
  • Sea Fisher
  • Sea Fisherman
Skills
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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