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Fishing at sea is probably the most dangerous occupation in the world

Fishing at sea is probably the most dangerous occupation in the world. Over 24,000 fishermen die every year. More than 50% of the world's population lives within 60km of the coastline. Billions of people are depending on the scarce marine resources, they are depending on the fishermen and the fish that they bring home. A lost vessel and a lost fisherman have a vital impact on the coastal community.

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 Boat builders and fishers participate in workshop on fuel savings and fishing vessel stability

Safety-at-sea and fuel and energy use, two very important issues concerning fisheries today, were the subject of a national workshop held in Semarang, Indonesia on 24-25 October 2013. 

The National Workshop on Fuel Savings and Fishing Vessel Stability was organized by the Directorate General of Capture Fisheries of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) in collaboration with FAO. 

In addition to boatbuilders and fishers, the workshop was attended by representatives from the Directorate General of Capture Fisheries and other stakeholders from the fishing industry. 

A vessel stability model built by the Fishing Technology Development Center according to an FAO design was demonstrated. Prior to the workshop, two of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department’s publications (Safety practices related to the stability of small fishing vessels and Fuel Savings for small fishing vessels) were translated into Bahasa Indonesia for use as reference material.

According to Ari Gudmundsson, Fishery Industry Officer of FAO, who was the principal resource person, “the workshop was successful in providing a better understanding of the issues of safety at sea, stability of fishing vessels and fuel and energy use in the fisheries sector.”

MMAF expressed interest in collaborating with FAO on these issues through a comprehensive programmme.  

New publications and material

22 October 2013

Publications and resources from the Regional Fisheries Livelihood Programme for South and Southeast Asia (RFLP).

Safety Recommendations for Decked Fishing Vessels of Less than 12 metres in Length and Undecked Fishing Vessels 1 October 2012

The purpose of the Safety Recommendations contained in this publication is to provide information on the design, construction, equipment, training and protection of the crews of small fishing vessels with a view to promoting the safety of the vessel and the safety and health of the crews.

2 April 2012

Maritimes Acts and Regulations in English


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