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FISHMONGER: We Need More Young Farmers

About this video 

Vincent is a fishmonger working for Coatside Farms, a seller of fresh, wild salmon from Alaska. His job entails bringing the fish to farmers' markets all over the Bay Area. Trained as an organic farmer, Vincent is an advocate for getting young people interested in farming once again.

Job Title: Fishmonger
Employer: Coatside Farms

Job Summary: Fishers and Related Fishing Workers

Job Description

Fishers and related fishing workers catch and trap various types of marine life. The fish they catch are for human food, animal feed, bait, and other uses.

On-the-Job Training


Additional Info

Crewmembers on certain fish-processing vessels may need a merchant mariner’s document. The U.S. Coast Guard issues these documents and licenses to people who meet the specific health, physical, and academic requirements.

Certification Requirement
Captains of fishing boats must be licensed.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$15,000 - $40,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
-10 to 0 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Long hours, Seasonal
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Home, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Problem solving skills, Strength/stamina, Technical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Fisheries Sciences
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