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At-sea seafood processors may do some or all of the following

  • grade fish
  • skin, fillet and trim fish to specific requirements
  • weigh and pack fish
  • clean the trimming and packing line with sanitising chemicals
  • maintain processing machinery and other equipment such as filleting knives
  • test fish in the hold to check it is at the correct temperature
  • help to load and unload the boat.

At-sea seafood processors working in supervisory roles oversee the factory line and help with training. They also ensure hygiene and safety regulations are met, and may write reports on factory production. 


At-sea seafood processors need to have

  • knowledge of different species of fish and how they are processed
  • good knife-handling skills for filleting and trimming fish
  • skill sorting, weighing and packing fish
  • the ability to operate and clean machinery used for seafood processing
  • an understanding of health, safety and hygiene regulations
  • good people skills, as they may work and live with the same people in small quarters for six weeks or more.

Those working in a supervisory role also need

  • record-keeping skills
  • time management skills
  • people management skills.

At-sea seafood processors need to be comfortable spending long periods at sea, away from home. They have to be comfortable working and living as part of a team in close quarters with their colleagues. 

Medium_daniel_huatai_deckhand_and_at-sea_seafood_processor Daniel Huatahi
At-Sea Seafood Processor

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