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Grape Ape Inactive Member28 Feb 2009 11:29 a.m. PST

The situation in my area has pretty well bottomed out, and I am thinking about making a completely fresh start.

I have heard that Alaska still has lots of opportunities, especially in the fishing industry. Does anybody here know? Ever worked one of these jobs? Any knowledge on how to get started, pitfalls, etc.?

Thanks

jdpintex28 Feb 2009 12:48 p.m. PST

Watch the Discovery Channel. They've had several shows about the Alaskan Fishing Industry. It's extremely hard and dangerous work. Sometimes there's great recompense, sometimes not.

Good Luck.

Personal logo The Tin Dictator Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2009 4:08 p.m. PST

I used to work with a girl who did that.
She said you really have to be able to stand the constant smell. They called the first-timers "pukers" because…. well, you can probably guess why.

Alxbates28 Feb 2009 10:38 p.m. PST

It's hard, miserable work. The pay is good, but unless you've got roommates you'll end up spending a lot on rent.

But the job and housing markets up here still haven't really been affected by the bad economy.

We'll see how long that lasts, though… if tourism tanks this summer, and the price of oil keeps plummeting, we'll get hit in a few months.

Try your local BLM or DNR fire service (if you're in average or better shape)… there'll be fires this summer, and wildlands firefighting is about as hard as cannery work, but the pay is better.

Good luck!

-Alex

iouliared Inactive Member01 Mar 2009 1:23 p.m. PST

I had a Canadian friend who worked on one for the summer, the ship had the canning factory right on board. Pay's good but hard work.

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