A career as a fishmonger is hugely rewarding and no two days are ever the same. They carry out a wealth of different tasks and develop a multitude of different skills.
Fishmongers are responsible for preparing and selling fish, and shellfish products, to members of the public. They possess first class customer service and selling skills, and have a deep understanding of the fish and shellfish industry, species identification, preparation methods, and detailed product knowledge. Fishmongers are the face of the seafood industry, interacting with consumers, answering any questions they have, and helping them to make educated decisions on which fish they purchase.
Fishmongers know about a range of fish and shellfish, and the various techniques needed to process and/or produce their products. In addition, they will be able to cut, prepare, package and present fish and shellfish products to the highest of standards.
Food safety and quality produce are of premium importance to a fishmonger. Fishmongers perform a multitude of tasks including raw materials intake and food handling, and developing filleting and other knife skills. They are also responsible for displaying their products in the most attractive way possible to entice customers into purchasing their products.
Fishmongering is a highly skilled profession which is steeped in tradition. A qualified fishmonger could work in a range of different types of businesses including supermarket fishcounters, independent high street fishmongers, and mobile fish vans. Talented fishmongers can go on to manage and even own their own fishmongering business.
Fishmongers have a range of skills, knowledge and behaviours that can lead to a rewarding career in the industry, and allow them to work not only in the UK but across the world!