Commercial Fishing Safety
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.
These resources use risk information on the hazards unique to the industry to provide commercial fishery stakeholders with guidance and tools.
Linking Data for Risk
Understanding Risks for
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.
- The Commercial Fishermen’s Guide to Building First-Aid Kits
- What's in Commercial Fishermen's First Aid Kit?
- First Aid Kit Flash Cards
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.
- Top Ten Items for An Effective Crew Agreements
- Printable Version of a Crew Agreement
- Online Version of a Crew Agreement
Regional and National Resources
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?