- Aug , 9
- Manufacturing : Production
Fish processors move raw fish through the various factory stations using machinery and conveyors. Job includes sorting, cutting fish and removing guts, packing fish into pans, placing pans in and removing pans from freezers, removing blocks of frozen fish from the pan, bagging the blocks, then stacking bagged fish in the vessel’s freezer hold. Fish processors also offload the bags of frozen fish by stacking them onto cargo nets for removal from the vessel, and backload supplies needed for the next fishing trip; this process may last longer than the regular 16.5 hours per day work schedule. Fish processors also clean and organize the factory and other areas of the vessel, and perform other duties as directed. Processors may work in many areas of the vessel including the factory, freezer hold, deck, or on adjoining docks or vessels during offload or backload.
Contracts are 75 days long. Fish processors work at least 16.5 hours per day, 7 days per week. Work hours may be extended during offload or backload which may result in uneven shifts and sleep patterns.
While performing the duties of this job, fish processors are exposed to various species of fish; wet, humid and freezing conditions; moving machinery and conveyors. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. Fish processors work onboard a vessel in the ocean which by nature produces varying degrees of motion in the factory.
Protective Clothing and Equipment:
Protective clothing and equipment that is used consistently: rain gear (pants and sleeves), gloves, rubber boots, noise suppression devices, and used as required: hardhat, safety goggles, fire extinguisher, respirator, life preserver and survival suit.
Materials, Tools, Equipment and Work Aids:
Fish processing equipment such as headers, movable and stationary conveyor systems, knives, hoists, pressure washers, cleaning chemicals, shovels, buckets, baskets and aluminum pans.
All employees must be able to:
- Understand and follow instructions, directions, safety rules and procedures in English.
- Board and exit the vessel by gangplank or Jacob’s ladder without assistance.
- Board or exit a skiff without assistance in all weather conditions.
- Ascend and descend steep stairways and ladders in all temperatures.
- Work at least 16 ½ hours per day, 7 days per week for the duration of the contract.
- Perform repetitive tasks for extended periods of time.
- Work long hours in all kinds of weather.
- Lift and carry weight in excess of 50 pounds repeatedly.
- Work in a cold and wet environment.
- Don life jacket, life vest and/or survival suit without assistance.
- Live and work with others in close quarters.
- Be away from medical care and supervision for 3+ months at a time.
- Share crew quarters, bathroom facilities, and common dining areas with other crew members.
- Must be able to pass pre-employment and random drug tests per USCG regulations.
Job Requirements that are Specific to Fish Processors:
Fish processors must be able to:
- Operate conveyor systems to move fish through the factory.
- Learn and identify fish species.
- Sort fish as instructed.
- Run machinery to remove heads and guts from fish.
- Fill pans with fish as directed.
- Push, pull and lift pans onto and off conveyors and into/out of plate freezers.
- Operate plate freezer systems as directed.
- Remove frozen fish from pans.
- Bag, label and stack bags of frozen fish in the freezer hold.
- Perform offload by stacking frozen fish onto pallets or cargo slings.
- Clean factory and machinery as directed.
While performing the duties of this job, employees are required to stand and walk; lift weights up to and over 50 pounds for full range from floor to above their head repeatedly; use fingers, hands and arms to push, pull and reach; bend and twist; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Employees must be able to hear, understand and follow instructions in English.
- No minimum requirements for education. No prior experience is required.
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For over 110 years, O’Hara Corporation has withstood the test of time operating fishing vessels across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Francis J. O’Hara began building his sailing feet in 1903 starting in Boston, Massachusetts; after four generations, the process continues. From setting a seine net off the Coast of Maine for herring, participating in the scallop fishery out of New Bedford, Mass, fish processing operations in China, operating factory processing boats in the Pacific Northwest, and even a marina in Maine, O’Hara has diversified into a multinational family business.
The heart of O’Hara Corporation surrounds our catcher processor vessels fishing in the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, and Gulf of Alaska. Our vessels catch flounders, Atka mackerel, Pacific Ocean perch, cod, pollock, among others. With a current home port of Seattle, Washington, the Araho (194’/59m), Alaska Spirit (204’/62m), Constellation (165’/50m), Defender (120’/37m) and her sister ship Enterprise (120’/37m) catch, process, and freeze their catch at sea. Our flagship vessel, Araho, is the newest addition to the Alaska groundfish fleet. Our five fishing vessels operate in one of the most sustainable fishing industries in the world. O’Hara Corporation will continue to strive for the best quality groundfish product we can offer our worldwide customers.
Maine is still the roots for the O’Hara Corporation. In Rockland, we have diversified into a full-service marina, operating a 50 Ton lift, the largest inside storage complex in the state, a boat hauling operation, and year round marine service. Our Rockland Maine facility, where the main office and marina is located, has state of the art office space for rent along the waterfront to tie in with the growth of Main Street’s galleries, restaurants, and shops.
Penobscot Bay, the lobster capital of the world, offers a thriving fishing industry. O’Hara Corporation operates two herring vessels that catch and deliver fresh herring to ports around New England for local lobstermen to use at bait. O’Hara Corporation processes much of this fresh herring ourselves for use on the local lobster boats. Fresh or frozen, the O’Hara Bait division has numerous types of product including herring, rockfish, red fish, carp, orange roughy, catfish, mackerel to name a few.
O’Hara Corporation is the co-owner of Eastern Fisheries, owner of one of the world’s largest scallop fleets. O’Hara Corporation owns eleven out of the twenty-four boats in the Eastern Fisheries family. The scallops are caught off the east coast U.S.A. and landed in New Bedford, MA. The operation of Eastern Fisheries doesn’t end at sea, but continues by processing scallop product at their facility in New Bedford. The final product will end up on the plates of satisfied customers all over the world.