education requirements

HS/GED

expected salary range

$20K to $100k

training area

Jobs: STATEWIDE

As seen on TV.

“Seafood harvester” is a technical way to say “commercial fisherman.” From Deckhand to Mechanic to Captain, jobs are all onboard, from small skiffs with two people to big ships with 100 or more crew members. Duties range from attaching nets to sorting fish to repairing engines. It’s a lot of work with a lot of adventure. This is a great career with great income for dependable people. Bring a jacket.

Here’s what you need:

  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Industry training and certification, business management certificate or degree, and/or entrepreneurship training recommended

Here’s where you get it:

Course/Program Provider/Location Degree Length
UAF Bristol Bay RSW Marine Refrigeration Operator King Salmon and Statewide Certificate Varies
USCG Drill Conductor Course Statewide No in person 10 hours
Alaska FishBiz Statewide No Varies
Homer Marine Trades Assocation Homer No Varies
Maritime Program UAA Kodiak College Various Varies
Outboard Repair and Maintenance UAF Bristol Bay Campus – King Salmon No Varies
Diesel Engine Repair and Maintenance UAF Bristol Bay Campus – King Salmon No Varies
AK Young Fishermen’s Summit Anchorage and Juneau No 3 days
Business of Fishing UAF Bristol Bay Campus – King Salmon No 1 day
Vessel System Overview UAA Kodiak College Certificate 12 hours
Outboard Repair and Maintenance UAA Kodiak College Certificate 16 hours
DC Electrical for Vessels UAA Kodiak College Certificate 12 hours
Troubleshooting Gauges UAA Kodiak College Certificate 4 hours
Gill Net Construction UAA Kodiak College Certificate 48 hours
Web Mending UAA Kodiak College Certificate in person 6 hours
Refrigerated Sea Water RSW UAA Kodiak College Certificate 14 hours
Marine Electric/Boat Owners UAS Ketchikan Campus Certificate 5 days
Diesel Engines Simplified UAS Ketchikan Campus Certificate 45 hours
Diesel Fuel Systems UAS Ketchikan Campus Certificate 60 hours
Basic Hydraulics UAS Ketchikan Campus Certificate 45 hours
AC Power Generation UAS Ketchikan Campus No 45 hours
Marine Electric for Boat Owners UAS Ketchikan Campus No 15 hours
Basic Refrigeration UAS Ketchikan Campus No 15 hours
Advanced Hydraulics UAS Ketchikan Campus No 45 hours
Net Mending and Splicing UAA/KPC Kachemak Bay Campus – Homer Certificate 3 hours
Seafood Processor Orientation and Safety Course AVTEC – Seward AVTEC 8 days
Navigating Kachemak Bay UAA/KPC Kachemak Bay Campus – Homer Certificate 6 days