Commercial fishing is a profession. And like most professions, there is a career path. Unfortunately, that career path may not be as easy to follow or as well marked as many others.

While there are a host of dedicated schools and training programs for many careers, for commercial fishing it can often feel like you’re out at sea, all on your own, with just the stars and your own wits to help you get home.

That’s why the Pacific Marine Expo is now publishing this 10-part guide to help you navigate the choppy waters of moving from entry-level deckhand to commercial-fishing boat owner, moving through the many topics you’ll need to understand, and tasks you’ll need to accomplish, before you can captain your own vessel.

Here in Part 1 we get you started with the essentials: Putting together a business plan.

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