The Listuguj Fisheries Department will be present at this year’s Career Fair, March 23rd, 2018 at the Listuguj Community Development Centre (Bingo Hall). They would like to encourage Listuguj youth to visit their booth and learn more about a career in Fisheries.
The Listuguj fleet consists of seven snow crab vessels and two shrimp vessels. The snow crab season lasts about 12 weeks from April to June, and the shrimp season lasts about 6 months from April to September. A vessel may catch between 250,000 lbs and 400,000 lbs in one full season of fishing.
Deckhand training is offered and may run for about 12 weeks during the winter months. During this course, students will acquire certification in the following areas: marine first aid, radio communication skills, general deckhand skills, net/trap mending skills, safety training, vessel mechanical maintenance training, basic navigation skills, and fish handling.
Captain training is also available to deckhands who have accumulated enough sea-time and have shown the initiative and leadership skills.
As an example of the potential financial rewards from becoming a fisher, Listuguj snow crab employees are paid a weekly salary advance to financially support you throughout the season. The Captain is advanced $1,200 per week while Deckhands are advanced $750 to $950 per week based on years of experience. At the end of the season, depending on the pounds your boat harvested, you may receive an adjustment less your total pay advances. During one season (12 weeks), Deckhands could earn between $40,000 to $70,000 and Captains $60,000 to $100, 000.
Are you considering a career in commercial fishing? The life of a fisher can be demanding but the financial rewards can be exceptional. Plus, you are directly contributing towards the future growth and diversification of your community.
Visit their booth at the Career Fair to learn more!