U.S. Coast Guard planes and ships are circling the Pacific right now, enforcing brand new rules for commercial fishing.

The West Coast's fisheries are some of the most dangerous in the country, but the number one cause of death isn't falling overboard.

"About 65% of the time, of all the fatalities that happened, the vessel would actually sink," Dan Hardin said.

Hardin overseas commercial fishing vessel safety for the Coast Guard's Northwest region. Unprepared vessels can end up capsizing, which doesn't just endanger human life.

"They can carry anywhere from thousand gallons of diesel to 50-60,000 gallons of diesel fuel," explained Petty Officer 1st Class George Degener.

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