As seen on TV.

education requirements


expected salary range

$20K to $100k

training area


“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:

Introduction to Marine Refrigerated Seawater SystemsAlaska Sea Grant MAP/UAF Bristol Bay Campus – Dillingham/King SalmonNo2 days
USCG Drill Conductor CourseStatewide – in personNo10 hours
Alaska FishBizAlaska Sea Grant MAP – StatewideNoVaries
Homer Marine Trades AssocationHomerNoVaries
Maritime ProgramUAA Kodiak CollegeVariousVaries
Introduction to Diesel Engine Maintenance and RepairAlaska Sea Grant MAP/UAF Bristol Bay Campus – DillinghamNoVaries
AK Young Fishermen’s SummitAlaska Sea Grant MAP – Anchorage and JuneauCertificate3 days
The Business of FishingUAF Bristol Bay Campus/Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation – Dillingham/King SalmonNo1 day
Vessel System OverviewUAA Kodiak CollegeCertificate12 hours
Introduction to Outboard Repair and MaintenanceAlaska Sea Grant MAP/UAF Bristol Bay Campus – Dillingham/King SalmonNo2 days
DC Electrical for VesselsUAA Kodiak CollegeCertificate12 hours
Troubleshooting GaugesUAA Kodiak CollegeCertificate4 hours
Gill Net ConstructionUAA Kodiak CollegeCertificate48 hours
Web MendingUAA Kodiak College in personCertificate6 hours
Refrigerated Sea Water RSWUAA Kodiak CollegeCertificate14 hours
Marine Electric/Boat OwnersUAS Ketchikan CampusCertificate5 days
Diesel Engines SimplifiedUAS Ketchikan CampusCertificate45 hours
Basic HydraulicsUAS Ketchikan CampusCertificate45 hours
Basic RefrigerationUAS Ketchikan CampusCertificate15 hours
Net Mending and SplicingUAA/KPC Kachemak Bay Campus – HomerCertificate3 hours
Seafood Processor Orientation and Safety CourseAVTEC – SewardAVTEC8 days
Navigating Kachemak BayUAA/KPC Kachemak Bay Campus – HomerCertificate6 days
Outboard Repair and MaintenanceUAS KetchikanCertificate15 hours
Introduction to Marine HydraulicsAlaska Sea Grant MAP/UAF Bristol Bay Campus – DillinghamNo1 day
Introduction to Starting and Operating a Seafood Direct Marketing BusinessAlaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory ProgramNo5 days
Crew Training ClassAlaska Sea Grant MAPCertificate1 day

AMEC is a 2021 Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE).

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