After working for 83 bucks a day for NOAA FY08, I loved the job and the people but never going home and not making any money didnt work for me. NOAA is a great place but you must not want to go home or make any money to survive there.
8ball, from what I remember hearing is that most fisherman work 12 hours a day, so take your base daily hourly rate and multiply it by 1.5 for 4 hours, add that back to your daily rate, and there yah go. You work 7 days a week unless you are in port, then you work 5 days but are paid for 7. This is all generalities of course but no one told me.
As far as going home is concerned, forget it. This is a quasi-military job so you accrue leave with every paycheck. IIRC it was 4 hours sick leave, 4 hours unpaid leave, and some sort of shoreside pay when your at sea. If you have previous government time this time forwards to NOAA. After 120 days at sea, I had to beg and threaten to quit to go home for less then a week.
If NOAA goes equal time, and makes their day rates semi-competitive, I would go back in a heartbeat. There are allot of really great people at NOAA and some great places to visit.