Fisherman, Inland Fishing

Minimum ? No entry barrier

Relevant experience in fishing

The tasks a Fisherman, Inland Water is expected to perform include:

Catching and trapping various types of marine life in inland waters, rivers, tanks, channels, creeks etc.

Choosing the right equipment like different types of nets and other fishing gears according to type of fish to be caught

Preparing the net and other required equipment

Laying different types of fishing nets and gears such as, gill nets, cast nets, etc. in the area to be fished

Maintaining the equipment and the deck of the vessel

Storing and selling the captured fishes

Applying salt on the fish to preserve them, if required

Operating and repairing power driven boats, if required

Proficient in fishing methods and techniques

Familiar with all gear and equipment used in fishing

Knowledge of different types of nets and their specific uses

Familiar with different types of boats, their operation and maintenance

Knowledge of different marine life species and their habitat

Proficient in reading weather forecast

Familiar with navigational and communication equipment

Familiar with the preservation requirement of the captured marine life


Skilled in storing techniques of captured marine life

Ability to swim


Expertise and hands-on experience in fishing

Manual dexterity and stability

Ability to work independently

Hardworking and persistent



It is a field job

Work from home is not applicable for this profile

May supervise a team of other fishermen

Part-time and contractual jobs may be available

Local travelling is required

Working hours

Working hours are not fixed.

Overtime and shift system may be involved.

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?


Health risks include exposure to uncertain and harsh weather conditions etc.

Occupational hazards include accidents like drowning, injury to body while handling marine animals like crabs, lobsters, etc.

If the person is self-employed, profit will depend on the type of boat used and marine life captured

For candidates on wage system -INR90 toINR340 per day1

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

The aquaculture sector in India2,3

The 'fisheries and aquaculture sector' is recognised as the sunshine sector in Indian agriculture. It stimulates growth of number of subsidiary industries and is the source of livelihood for a large section of economically backward population, especially fishermen, of the country. It helps in increasing food supply, generating adequate employment opportunities and raising nutritional level. It has a huge export potential and is a big source of foreign exchange earnings for the country.

There are a large number of fish workers engaged in inland fishing on the numerous rivers that crisscross the country. The inland fishing sector comprises of a water-spread of about 6.87 million hectares (brackish water- 1.4 million hectares, reservoirs ? 1.97 million hectares, tanks and ponds ? 2.2 million hectares, oxbow lakes and derelict water ? 1.3 million hectares) and 0.16 million km of rivers and canals with immense scope and potential for capture and culture fisheries. Nearly 70% of the 0.71 million fish workers in India, fish in rivers, reservoirs, lakes and other inland waters.


Boat owners

Large fisheries

Job openings are in Tier I, Tier II and Tier III cities4

National Institute of Fisheries Post Harvest Technology and Training, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India,P. Box No. 1801, Cochin - 682 016, Kerala /

Fishery Survey of India Botawala Chambers Sir P.M. Road, Fort Mumbai ? 400001

Central Institute of Fisheries Technology CIFT Junction, Willingdon Island Matsyapuri P.O., Cochin-682 029, Kerala Ph: 0484-2412300; Fax: 091-484-2668212

CIFNET, The Director, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016 Phone: 0484 2351610