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Fishing Vesssel Safety


Year: 1991
Language: english
Author: Nationa Academy of Science
Genre: Reference book
Publisher: Committee on Fishing Vessel Safety Marine Board
ISBN: 0-309-04379-4
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 302
Description: In every coastal region of the United States, commercial fishing industry vessels break down, are wrecked, or are lost, and fishermen are injured or die. The industry has a fatality rate comparable to those of miners, loggers, log truck drivers, and members of other high-risk occupations. Commercial fishing exposes fishermen to danger the entire time they are aboard their vessels—during transit, when fishing, and while resting. The annual toll in lives and property—on the average, over 100 deaths and 250 vessels lost—is a heavy price to pay for this small but economically important industry. The cost in terms of injuries is extensive, but poorly documented. In Alaska alone (one state that provides injury compensation for fishermen), about 1 in 20 fishermen with commercial fishing licenses requested compensation for injuries in fiscal year 1987 (FY 87). But, even this represents only a portion of the work-related injuries that occurred in the Alaska fishing industry.
Finding the fishing industry's safety record unacceptable, Congress passed the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Act of 1988 (CFIVSA, P.L. 100-424), mandating new safety requirements across the entire fishing fleet. The act instructed the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a “Fishing Industry Vessel Inspection Study” under the auspices of the National Academy of Engineering. The act requires an assessment of safety problems and a specific recommendation on whether a vessel inspection program should be implemented.

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