08/13/13 - 7:18am
Despite technological advances, fatalities in commercial fishing have not changed significantly in the last few years.
From 2000 to 2009, 131 commercial fishermen died on the job. Half died due to drowning after vessel disasters, and another 31 percent resulted from falls overboard, according to a report from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s Alaska Pacific Office.
Alaska Pacific Office Director Jennifer Lincoln said the magnitude of fatalities hasn’t changed in the last few years, and the statistics are similar to the trends from 2000 to 2009.