by Marc Laframboise, MMNN Contributor

Courage and determination. Don’t even think of making a career in the fishery if you don’t possess these two qualities. It’s tough work but it pays big rewards. And if things work out, you`ll have a job that lasts a lifetime.

You will be up before dawn when everyone is still in bed. Getting ready for another day in close quarters with mother nature. And from the bottom of the grand Atlantic Ocean you will draw up your daily bread.

The world demand for fish, crustaceans and mollusks is expected to continue to grow. That is easily predictable. Therefore, it is steady, seasonal work. It provides an interesting combination of income security and time. Time to accomplish other goals.

The Aboriginal commercial fishery is in full bloom. Many communities are generating income that is providing a welcome boost to First Nation economies. Many related businesses like fishing boat sales and repairs, fish processing, fishing equipment sales, retail seafood outlets, net repair and restaurants are also springing up creating additional revenue in many First Nation communities.
Opportunity is knocking at the door. Worldwide demand for seafood is extremely high, especially demand in countries of the Pacific, where their citizens derive between 25 and 69 percent of their animal protein from fish. As a result, commercial fishing is a major economic activity, which employs more than 200 million people around the globe, generating more than $80 billion a year.To view the full story, you must be a subscriber. Click here for information on how to subscribe.