What are Fishing Vessels?

Article Details
  • Written By: Mary McMahon
  • Edited By: O. Wallace
  • Last Modified Date: 04 October 2019
  • Copyright Protected:
    Conjecture Corporation
  • Print this Article
Free Widgets for your Site/Blog
As President of Uruguay, José Mujica refused to live in the presidential mansion and gave away 90% of his salary.  more...

October 16 ,  1964 :  China became the fifth country in the world to successfully detonate a nuclear bomb.  more...

Fishing vessels are watercraft used in fishing, ranging from massive factory ships used in commercial fishing to rowboats taken out for a casual day on the lake. There are a number of different types of fishing vessels used in commercial and recreational fishing, and they vary considerably in size. Globally, the world fishing fleet includes millions of ships, demonstrating the large market for fish and products derived from fish all around the world.

Fishing vessels can be used offshore, nearshore, and in rivers or lakes. Vessels designed for commercial fishing are usually very large so that they can accommodate a big catch, and in the case of factory ships, the ship includes processing facilities which allow it to stay at sea for weeks or months at a time. These ships are usually classified on the basis of the type of equipment they use.

Fishing trawlers are fishing vessels which drag nets to gather a catch, while seiners lay nets to capture fish near the surface. Dredgers scour the bottom for mollusks and deep water fish species, while trapsetters trap seafood like lobsters and crabs in large traps. Line vessels fish with baited lines. A fishing vessel may be attached to a factory ship which acts as a mother ship, consolidating the catch from a fleet of boats, or it may work independently.


Commercial fishing vessels are usually very utilitarian in nature, with a design which maximizes the capacity of the ship and the efficiency of its operations. Crew on a commercial fishing vessel are often compensated with a percentage of the ship's earnings, to encourage them to catch as much fish as possible. Working on a commercial fishing boat can be extremely dangerous, even though many operators are scrupulous about safety, and fishing continues to be one of the world's most dangerous occupations. The danger of commercial fishing has been immortalized in television shows like Deadliest Catch, which follows fishermen in the Bering Sea.

Fishing vessels for recreational fishing include many different types of boats and small ships, including charter ships which people can rent for fishing, and motorboats and rowboats which people maintain for casual fishing when they have spare time. Fishermen on these craft may use a variety of techniques including netting, spearing, and longlining to capture their prey. Recreational fishing vessels may also be used for other purposes; a charter boat, for example, could be used for whale watching, fishing, and diving trips.


You might also Like


Discuss this Article

Post 3

What is the best kind of sail boat to fish off of? I have just recently been sailing for the first time and I loved it. I have always like to fish as well so I am thinking that I will start saving up for some kind of sailing/fishing boat. Any suggestions?

Post 2
@jonrss - Can you give me some idea of the best place to find used fishing boats for sale? I have looked online and in some of the classified magazines that they give away for free around here but I am just not seeing many listings.

I figured that boats were like cars so there must always be people looking to sell them. Especially with the economy the way it is I figured folks would be unloading them left and right. So help me out, where are all the used boats?

Post 1

My dad is an avid fisherman and lives in an area that has lots of lakes and rivers so he has been through a whole series of fishing boats. They have been big and small, nice and trashy, flashy and plain.

Right now he has a pretty decent bass boat that he bought used from a guy a couple of counties over. It's not the greatest boat in the world but it floats and it holds beer and fishing poles. For my dad that's about all he needs.

Post your comments

Post Anonymously


forgot password?