Look out below... and around
Based on U.S. Coast Guard reports.
Routine work — even in a potentially dangerous environment like a commercial fishing boat — can leave anyone off his guard. Fishermen have to remind themselves constantly to be vigilant of safety hazards, because the work is often the same day in and day out, weeks at a time. The gear on any commercial vessel is enough to cause concern for hazards. Winches, taut lines, cranes, heavy pots, engines and pumps are just a few examples of potentially dangerous machinery that fishermen must constantly be aware of.
The fleet is ready, but the fish — and the processors — get the last word
By Charlie Ess
The waters of Bristol Bay might pass for anywhere else in the vast near-shore waters of the Bering Sea if not for a curious array of specks — hundreds of drift boats —defining the gray waters of its fabled fishing districts.
National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.