Understandably, the hesitation comes from decades of cumbersome PFDs making movement on deck difficult if not impossible. Why would you wear something that always impedes your daily tasks on the off chance that it could someday keep your head above water?
But safety technology has taken great strides recently, and especially in the last year.
For example, National Fisherman’s January issue features highlights of the last year’s new products. Safety gear — specifically designed for commercial fishing — was a common theme in 2010.
Products that remove another sliver of risk in this deadliest American industry are out there. It’s up to you to find one that suits your needs, and that task gets easier all the time.