I love crabs! Delish!
Alaska Shellfish (Crab) Observer
Saltwater – Alaska
Alaska crab observers collect biological data while living aboard commercial crab boats fishing in the Bering Sea. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) uses observer data to monitor crab populations, set catch limits, and monitor interactions with protected seabirds, fish, and corats.
Boats in the crab fleet range in size from 80-foot catcher vessels to 300-foot catcher/processors. Conditions vary widely—but all require observers to be flexible, resourceful, able to work long hours and do heavy lifting (up to 50 pounds). The workday is determined by the vessel’s fishing schedule and can range from 5-15 hours a day.
Collect crab shell measurements
Carry out crab ID sexing
Suzi's Cover Letter:
Dear Fellow Watchers,
I love boats! They’re so much fun, and I always get the best tans on boats. I could wear a cute bikini, one of those Russian furry hats, and boots with fur! Plus, I love crab cakes, and Crabby Patty from Sponge Bob. Oh, and I’ve always wanted to visit Alaska and see Eskimos. I would like an Eskimo kiss. Or an Eskimo Pie.
The only thing I feel weird about is the crab sexing. I feel like I’m invading their privacy by watching them get it on. But, whatever the job requires!
Here’s To The Good Kind of Crabs,
I'm just your average girl who wants a kick-ass life and... love! If I could be a superhero, that would be AWESOME! I'm currently a "phone actress" looking for a really cool career. Don't get me wrong-- I love giving a hand to dudes who need someone to chat with. Everybody needs somebody! But, my parents keep telling me I need a respectable job. Sigh.