Fishers catch fish and other marine life by net, trap, and hook and then sell their catch to commercial food processors, restaurants, and fish markets. Fishers work in both the ocean and fresh water bodies. Some fishers run recreational charter fishing businesses: They rent powerboats, provide fishing expertise, and take customers out on the water for sport fishing trips. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that fishing and hunting workers hold about 39,400 jobs, with about 42 percent of these workers self-employ...
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Earnings of fishers vary with the season, economy, abundance of fish, market demands, and workers' skills and willingness to stay out at sea. Few fishers receive a fixed wage. Instead, they usually earn percentages of the catch's receipts. In New England, ship owners can receive 50 percent of the catch's receipts. The captain may receive 10 percent, and the crew share the remaining 40 percent. ...
Fishers work long hours under conditions that are often dangerous and difficult. Lookout watches—usually six hours long—are a regular duty for crew members, who must be prepared to perform this job day or night. Hauling fish on board takes great physical strength and endurance, and the work can be exhausting. Fishers work in all kinds of weather and sometimes spend months at sea in cramped quar...
Once booming, fishing as an industry has experienced hard times in the past few decades. Employment for fishers is expected to decline by 2 percent through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. It predicts that the "best prospects should be with large fishing operations and for seasonal employment." The industry is affected by such variables as environmental law, ship maintenance cos...