Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research & Training Program


Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States, but the hazards fishermen face can vary widely by vessel and fishery. Research and training that address what works best to reduce occupational safety risk in a specific fleet and/or region is critical. Despite some recent successes in reducing fatal work-related injuries within the commercial fishing industry, the need for targeted safety research and training remains essential. The Fishing Safety Research Grant Program was established by The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-281), as amended by the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-281).


The Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research and Training Program was created to provide funding to advance fishing safety research and provide targeted, regionally appropriate training for the nation’s commercial fishermen. The Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research and Training Program is a partnership between the U.S. Coast Guard and NIOSH that provides funding opportunities to qualified individuals in academia, members of non-profit organizations, municipalities, and businesses involved in the U.S. commercial fishing industry. The funding supports research on improving the occupational safety of commercial fishermen and critical training for this high-risk occupation. Each award ranges from $150-$975 thousand over a three-year funding period.

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