Commercial Fishing Safety on the East Coast
A close up photo of three New Bedford commercial fishing boats tied up at the dock. Photo by NIOSH.
During 2000–2019, 288 commercial fishing deaths due to traumatic injury occurred on the East Coast. While the annual average of deaths was lower in the second decade than the first, there was an overall stable trend in fatalities over the entire 20-year period.
(Source: NIOSH Commercial Fishing Incident Database)
|Fatalities by Incident Type||Top Three Causes of Death||Fisheries with the Most Fatalities|
|Vessel Disaster (143, 50%)||Drowning (234, 81%)||Scallop Dredge (53, 18%)|
|Fall Overboard (77, 27%)||Blunt Force Trauma (22, 8%)||Lobster (36, 13%)|
|Onboard Fatality (42, 15%)||Unintentional Overdose (16, 6%)||Multi-Species Groundfish Trawl (32, 11%)|
|Onshore Fatality (14, 5%)|
|Diving Fatality (12, 4%)|
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