How to apply online for crab fishing jobs

Updated July 19, 2017

With all of the attention and focus gained by the Alaskan crabbing and fishing industry, it's no wonder that so many people are interested in applying for those rare and dangerous positions. The work is exhausting, but the payoff can be huge.

The process of finding an open position on a fishing vessel in Alaska has been simplified by the Alaskan government. The resource link on this article will provide job details and a link to get there.

Additionally, there are more crabs to harvest than those crawling across the frigid ocean floors of the Bering Strait. Stone crab harvesting and fresh water blue crab harvesting are also viable crab fishing options.

Find the resource link attached to this article. The resource link will guide an individual directly to the Alaskan governments labour website. The website not only lists available jobs and where to apply, but it provides a detailed description of all the gear needed to work on an Alaskan fishing boat.

Go to the bottom of the page and "click" the ALEXsys site link. This will provide a search of all seafood jobs that are available.

Submit a resume. Follow the appropriate links and apply for a position.

Become a recreational stone crab harvester. From October 15th to April 15th, stone crab season is in full swing in Florida. Stone crabs are highly sought after for their sweet and succulent claw meat. Though there is no online application process for this, it can be quite lucrative to a motivated, self starter. (Reference 2)

Become self employed buy purchasing up to five crab traps. Even the recreational stone crab harvester can use up to 5 traps to harvest stone crab.

Obtain a recreational fishing license. A license is required to harvest stone crabs from the Florida waters.

Develop relationships with local restaurants. These restaurants will be a great place to sell your harvest. Many restaurants in Florida buy the majority of their product from local fisherman.

Familiarise yourself with all of Florida's recreational stone crabbing laws. Being in violation can get the authorities and fellow fisherman working against you.

Contact the Maryland Waterman's Association. Blue crabs have seen a significant decline in population of late and they are very difficult to farm due to their cannibalistic nature. Though it is not a fishing job, working toward the survival of a valuable species is a noble position.

The Maryland Waterman's Association can be reached online at (Reference 3)

Work with fresh water blue crab farmers to repopulate the species. In Maryland and North Carolina, crab farmers are looking for countless ways to keep the blue crab throving. Farming the crabs in fresh water rather than sea water has proven to be quite successful.

Get to know the species. This applies to all types of crab fishing and farming, but knowing the species you are after will provide a greater level of success. When you understand the patterns and needs of the prey, you have a better chance of success.


Because of the popularity and big money to be made working the Bering Strait to fish for crabs, there are more outlets online for applying for positions.


The jobs available for crab fishing are limited due to the season and number of employees looking for the big payday. It is a specialised field and will require some patience and know-how to land a job.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Resume
  • Fishing license
  • 5 stone crab traps
  • 5 buoys
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