Commercial Fishing Safety: Hawaii/Pacific Overview

An image of the rear deck of a tuna purse net vessel with nets stacked preparing to leave the dock.

In 2009, NIOSH completed an in-depth study of commercial fishing fatalities in the United States for the decade spanning 2000-2009. The purpose of the study was to identify the most hazardous fisheries around the country and to describe the unique safety issues in each. For this study, the US was divided into four fishing regions: Alaska, West Coast, East Coast, and the Gulf of Mexico. In the Hawaii/Pacific region, NIOSH conducted a review of safety in the Distant Water Tuna Fleet. A link to that analysis can be found below.

Research Highlights in the Hawaii/Pacific Region

Page last reviewed: October 1, 2021