How Can You Become an Alaskan King Crab Fisherman?


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To become an Alaskan king crab fisherman, travel to the state of Alaska and begin networking with local boat captains and crew. Crab boat captains tend to hire workers who gain their trust, and most new fishermen are part of the captain's social circle. Prior experience working as a fishing boat deck hand is a plus, but not always necessary. Prospects should obtain an Alaska commercial fishing license and be in good physical shape.

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Start the job search at local Alaskan job centers, or head to the docks to seek out boat skippers and captains. Let captains know you're available to be hired for the next crab fishing trip, and give them a great reason to hire you. King crab boat fishermen must be able to work long hours in a physically demanding job. Deckhands with little to no experience, who are considered greenhorns, must learn everything while on the job. Working for a while at a crab processing plant is one way to get a foot in the door as a deckhand.

If there are no available greenhorn openings on a crab boat, you can gain valuable deckhand experience working on other Alaskan fishing boats. King crab fishing is dangerous, and to get hired for a crab fishing expedition you must show you are tough and hard-working and fit in well with the crew.

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