Most Disgusting, Dangerous, And Dirtiest Fishing Jobs

The alarm goes off on another Monday morning and you may think to yourself, ?I hate my job.? Sure, the 9-5, five days a week at the office can get repetitive, and who really enjoys that hour-long commute?But before you start thinking about how much you wish you had a dream job that keeps you happy all week long, check out the list below. Here are some disgusting jobs that'll leave you plenty satisfied with what you have now.

Chum Manufacturer

 If the sight of grinding up thousands of baitfish isn't enough to turn your stomach, the smell would certainly do the trick. Reel Fishy Jobs host Mark Melnyk experiences firsthand the most disgusting job in the fishing business, but a vital one to the Californian sportfishing industry. In this video, Mark dry heaves his way through a series of factory tasks handling the rotting mess of shredded fish waste before ultimately trying out the chum himself on the water.

Hatchery Worker

 Working in a fish hatchery may not be as disgusting as manufacturing chum, but that doesn't mean it's a crystal clean occupation. Typical jobs include hatching and raising fish, feeding, cleaning tanks, and sometimes, draining ponds to take out the fish. In the video above Mark helps net some fish out of a draining pond, trying in earnest not to kill any fish as he wades through slippery ground with water hiding unknown species of fish and crustaceans.

Crab Harvesting

#Mark Melnyk (right) dropping crab pots.
Largely considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, crab fishing has a higher fatality rate than any other work field in the United States, including mining, construction, and transportation. This is due not only to the regular use of heavy machinery, but also the great risk of drowning. To make matters worse, the best crab fishing waters are in the coldest ocean waters, meaning hypothermia is a very real possibility for these extreme fishing fleets.

Shark Research

 Observing sharks from afar is all well and good, but if we really want to get to know the most intimate details of the ocean's most feared species, biologists have to get a little hands on. Bringing a big fish up to the side of the boat to tag for research purposes is enough to give anyone goose bumps. Add rows and rows of sharp teeth and a ferocious fighting spirit and you'll find yourself thankful that your greatest workplace worry for your hands is having too much dust on your keyboard. Shark research is a dangerous job, but somebody's got to do it.

Factory Ships

#Floating fish processor.Wikipedia Commons
Factory ships are fish processing vessels that catch and freeze caught fish. With seafood being such a popular dish around the world, factory ships work around the clock to keep up with the high demand. Depending on the season, it's not uncommon to work full day shifts just to meet the quota. Aside from the long hours, the work itself is hard and can be a little disgusting - it's a constant battle of bringing in fish, cleaning, freezing, and sweeping up the leftover guts and fluid. There are several kinds of factory ships, such as trawlers and longliners, but one thing is shared between them all: competition. Workers are often paid by the volume brought in, and no boat wants to see a rival company outfish them.

Maggot Farming

Fair warning, the video above is not recommended for those with weaker stomachs. Maggots are a popular form of live bait, but have you ever wondered where they all come from? Maggot farms are a major source of the industry. Renowned for their unbelievably powerful stench, many maggot farms require workers to shower constantly as even a few minutes of exposure to a group of maggots on a farm is enough to have the smell seep into your clothes. Maggots excrete ammonia when eating to help combat competing bacteria; it's the ammonia that causes the unbearable stench, and if you have tens of thousands in the same room, it's no surprise many farms use a ventilation system.For more information on Reel Fishy Jobs with Mark Melnyk, click here.

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