Retiring fishing skippers create opportunities
Chances of getting work as a fishing skipper are good for those with experience. However, it can be difficult to enter the role. But with an ageing fishing skipper workforce, there are expected to be more opportunities as older workers retire.
Be prepared to start as a deckhand
The best way to become a fishing skipper is to get a job as a deckhand and work your way up the ranks, gaining the necessary maritime qualifications along the way.
According to the Census, 540 fishing skippers worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Some skippers own their boats, others are employed by fishing companies
On smaller inshore fishing boats, skippers either own the boat they operate or are directly employed by the owner. On larger deep-sea fishing boats, skippers are employed by the company operating the boat.
Most fishing boats registered in New Zealand operate in inshore waters.