Fishing Safety

Commercial fisheries is a hazardous occupation. Every day hundreds of fishers are injured and more than 80 fishers die while involved in fishing operations. Fishers often work long hours under harsh weather conditions, which increases the likelihood they will experience accidents or injury. Climate change has aggravated the hazardous conditions under which most fishers work, as extreme weather events continue to increase in number and severity, and natural disasters become more prevalent and destructive.

 

Despite greater awareness and improved practices in some countries, the number of accidents and deaths among fishers has risen with the increase in commercial fishers worldwide, causing major impacts on families, fishing crews and communities.

 

This website aims to increase awareness about safety at sea in the fishery sector. The Fishing Safety website provides a gateway to information and capacity building materials related to safety for fishers and fishing vessels at sea.

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Poster FAO with support of the FISH Safety Foundation is preparing educational material to reduce the risks of collisions and other accidents at sea. The Know the Rules-of-the-Road & Signals poster provides [...]
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Poster FAO with support of the FISH Safety Foundation is preparing educational material to reduce the risks of collisions and other accidents at sea. The Know your Night-time Lights poster is to [...]
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In 2021/2022, FAO studied the role of regional fishery bodies (RFBs) in promoting safety and decent work in fisheries under their mandates. Secretariats of thirty-seven regional fisheries management organizations and [...]