Fishing Safety

Commercial Fishing Safety

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Commercial fishing is a vital industry that provides food for people in the U.S. and around the world. In Oregon and Washington, there are 10,364 commercial fishing vessels with $835,670 dollars in sales per year. Commercial fishing can be physically demanding, involving long hours, harsh weather, and changing work environments. All of these factors can create safety risks for fishermen. PNASH collaborates with Oregon State University to engage commercial fishermen to reduce the risk of injury and keep them fishing. Visit our Partners at OSU

Our collaboration began with a small study looking at nonfatal injuries among commercial fishing workers. This study provided information on nonfatal injuries reported to the US Coast Guard for commercial fishermen in Washington, Oregon and California from 2002-2014.

Our current project Risk Information System for Commercial Fishermen, uses US Coast Guard information with other public datasets to estimate injury risk and risk factors in commercial fishing in the Pacific Northwest. We developed a novel system to provide hazard assessments for commercial fishing stakeholders. This project has developed training resources and safety tools for fishermen's health and safety. See below to view the resources or learn more about research to improve safety in commercial fishing.

 

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Risk Information System for Commercial (RISC) Fishing

These resources use risk information on the hazards unique to the industry to provide commercial fishery stakeholders with guidance and tools.

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Commercial Fishermen’s First-Aid Kit

Every vessel must have a first aid kit and every fisherman should know what should go into a kit that will really help in situations they might find themselves in at sea. These resources were developed by the Fishermen Lead Injury Prevention Program (FLIPP) led by Oregon State University.

Commercial Fishing Crew Agreements

Commercial fishermen think a good crew agreement can help reduce the risk of injuries and establish a positive relationship among the crew. Understand what goes into a good crew agreement and use the template (either paper version or an online version) to help you get this in place with your crews. These resources were developed by the Fishermen Lead Injury Prevention Program (FLIPP) led by Oregon State University.

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In the News

Fishermen’s News, June 2018 Wilderness Medicine for the Commercial Fishing Industry

Fishermen’s News, July 2018 Who Do You Want By Your Side at Sea?

PNASH Resources for Fishing

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Support Mental Health

This fact-sheet shares tips for supporting the mental health of commercial fishermen.

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Scene Assessment

This video teaches how to safely assess the scene when someone is hurt on a fishing vessel and the first steps to take.

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Calling The Coastguard

This video teaches the proper protocol for calling the coast guard from fishing vessel.

PNASH Research

Safety Surveillance for PNW Commercial Fishing: Risk Information System for Commercial (RISC) Fishing

NIOSH 2016-2022 | Laurel Kincl, PhD, MS

This project is working to develop the RISC Fishing surveillance system, a new analytical system for merging multiple vessels and personal databases of fatal and non-fatal information. 

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Commercial fishing fatalities among Alaska Native fishermen

PNASH Pilot Project 2021-2022 | Jerry Dzugan and Leann Fay

Fatality rates of the commercial fishing industry are among the highest of all occupational areas worldwide. Though Alaska commercial fishing fatalities from falling overboard are on the decline, fatalities among Alaska Natives are on the rise.

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Fishing Industry Filipino Migrant and Immigrant Work in the Subarctic

PNASH Pilot Project 2013-2015 | Gabriel Garcia, PhD, MA, MPH

This pilot project will assess risk factors for occupational illness and injury due to physically demanding work and unpredictable working conditions among Dutch Harbor/Unalaska's Filipino migrant fishing workers.

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