Hooked on Safety: An Analysis on Commercial Fishing Safety and Training Opportunities
Abstract: Commercial fishing holds a strong economic and cultural significance in communities around the United States, yet fishing communities face several barriers to success. The alarmingly high occupational risk associated with commercial fishing is particularly concerning. Safety trainings have been developed to prepare fishermen for life-saving procedures at sea. However, it is clear that th... read moreere is still a need for more safety training, as the fatality rates for fishing remain consistently among the highest of all occupations in the nation. This thesis utilizes a literature review, case studies of training providers, and survey data analysis to organize information on the state of safety trainings for fishermen. It concludes with recommendations for advocates of safety in the fishing industry. As fishing communities continue to be impacted with tragic consequences of emergencies at sea, this thesis identifies ways that safety regulations can be improved, organizations providing trainings can be strengthened, and how more fishermen can be engaged in a culture of safety.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2018.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisors: Mary Davis, and Laurie Goldman.
Keywords: Occupational safety, Public policy, and Social research.read less