Fishing Projects

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

Commercial fishing is vital to Northwest economies and communities. Compared to other industries, it is one of the most hazardous due to higher rates of serious injuries and deaths. Yet, data on commercial fishing injuries have not been systematically collected or analyzed. 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. 

Pilot: Total Worker Health in Salmon Fishermen from Cordova, Alaska

Commercial fishing is the most hazardous occupation in the U.S. with workers experiencing both acute and chronic health risks. While fishing fatality data is an area of active research, information on chronic health conditions that affect fishermen is limited. This one-year study assessed chronic health conditions and habits among the gillnet fleet based out of Cordova, AK.

Pilot: Non-Fatal Injuries among Commercial Fishing Workers in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon

This project addresses a high hazard occupation where information on non-fatal (but serious) injuries are limited. This pilot estimates non-fatal injuries among commercial fishermen, describes high-risk work processes, and identifies particularly vulnerable worker populations, such as young workers.

Pilot: Oregon Crab Fisherman Safety and Personal Flotation Device Survey

The Oregon Crab Fishing Safety Assessment evaluated the effectiveness of current US Coast Guard and Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission safety initiatives and safety training programs, and field-tested five different PFDs; focusing on PFD attitudes, worker attitudes, and perceived risks. The results of this study provide feedback for policymakers and the industry considering additional safety measures, and contribute, with a local perspective, to future prevention-focused safety efforts in Oregon.

Pilot: Fishing Industry Filipino Migrant and Immigrant Work in the Subarctic

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. Filipino migrant and immigrants are the dominant racial/ethnic workforce in fish processing in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor, Alaska, composing 28% of the total resident population.