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AMSEA Updates “Beating the Odds: A Guide to Commercial Fishing Safety,”

beating the oddsThe seventh edition of  “Beating the Odds: A Guide to Commercial Fishing Safety,” by Susan Clark Jensen and Jerry Dzugan of the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, is hot off the presses, with updated information on survival at sea. The 250-page book tackles a wide range of issues, from reading the weather and handling fishing gear safely to fatigue, hydration and nutrition, putting out fires onboard and the importance of safe seamanship. Read the rest here 21:08

Fire at Sea – Acute awareness of the possibility of a fire occurring at any time is important for any workboat operator.

DSPA-5That’s because a workboat is “a floating ignition source,” according to Randy Hyde, the senior firefighting instructor at Fremont Maritime Services, a Seattle marine safety and survival training company. “There are tons of ignition sources on board, especially when dealing with machinery spaces and engine rooms.” At Fremont’s training center, AFG Flameguard USA’s DSPA-5 was tested in their 102′, two-level, multispace mock ship where it put out a simulated engine-room fire in seven seconds and a galley fire in six seconds. Read more here  14:42 AFG Flameguard website

Gentlemen, and Ladies, Wear Your PFD All the Time, says NIOSH

Fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Last year the Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked fishing as the second most dangerous profession, behind logging, based on the number of fatalities.  Between 2000 and 2012, there were 623 commercial fishing related deaths nationwide, according to a database run by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety. NIOSH has been studying the incidents that led to those deaths carefully, and believes hundreds of lives might be saved if more people would wear their PFD’s. Read [email protected]  01:09

A safety program created for fishermen and delivered by fishermen test piloted in British Columbia

FISH SAFE has helped to move forward a culture of safety and helped fishermen in British Columbia to see where the safety shortcomings are on their own vessels. But the idea has always been that this is a program that could benefit the fishing industry in all of Canada. With this in mind, this week and part of next week, a version of the program – Safest Catch Nova Scotia – is undergoing a pilot project on the East Coast of the country, with some training and execution of the program happening in southwestern Nova Scotia, including in Yarmouth and Digby counties. [email protected]  www.fishsafebc.com 14:16

Are you a survivor like John Aldridge?

Ocean_Signal_rescueME_PLB1_M webJuly 24, 2013 – John Aldridge, a crewmember of the 44-foot lobster vessel Anna Mary was last seen aboard the boat during his watch relief at 9 p.m., Tuesday, while the vessel was underway off Montauk, N.Y. How many times have you read of or heard of a fisherman going overboard, only to watch an unsuccessful chain of events involving fruitless search and rescue operation’s to see them become possible recovery operation’s, and predictably, abandoned after a period of time, dictated by estimates of rate of survival and sea conditions? Way too many.  Scroll down the page to continued here

Newfoundland fisherman drowns after falling from boat

The Mounties say officers were called to the Bonavista area on Saturday after reports that a man had fallen from a boat while fishing for cod. Police say he was not wearing a life jacket.  [email protected]

Douglas Ward Wickens fell off a fishdragger. If Ward had been wearing a PFD…

Douglas Ward Wickens fell off a fishdragger, the Silver Angel, on May 3, 2011, about nine kilometers south of Cape Sable Island. His captain, the only other person aboard that night, tried to reach him with a gaff, then threw a life ring towards him and went for a longer rope. When he came back, Wickens was gone. [email protected]

After son’s death, father criticizes lack of fishing industry oversight

The 66 Washingtonians who died on the job in 2012 were honored at a memorial on Tuesday. A memorial bell was rung 66 times, once for each victim who died of a job-related illness or injury.  But the father of a 22-year-old commercial fisherman who died says not enough has been done; he voiced frustration over what he called a lack of government oversight of the fishing industry. continued

MAN UP!!! NIOSH to fishermen: wear your PFD

thecordovatimes.com – It’s not one size fits all, but there are enough styles of personal floatation devices out there now to fit every commercial fish harvester’s needs, says Ted Teske of the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety. “Our message to fishermen is find something that works,” Teske told participants in COMFISH Alaska 2013 in Kodiak on April 12. To help them do that NIOSH worked with several dozen commercial fishermen in Alaska who volunteered to wear a variety of PFDs for 30 days and complete an evaluation form for each one. continued

The QUIKSLING – New life-saving device to be unveiled at Skipper Expo

An innovative new life-saving device developed by a former Gardenstown fisherman will be on display for the first time at the Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2013 fishing show. continued

Your job is Dangerous. The public health of fishing vessel winches. (Seriously!)

We in public health—and probably much of the public—tend to think that our field is about large-scale prevention and intervention efforts on behalf of the population’s well-being. Think anti-smoking laws and regulations, battles over soda size, and fights over the Affordable Care Act. But most of what public health does is, in fact, fairly mundane. It thinks about the ways our daily routines can either harm us or make us healthier— in our eating habits or in our jobs, for example—and then finding ways capitalize on that information. Take the fishing vessel winches. continue reading

Cape fishermen learn skills in emergency drills

Orange smoke billowed across the restaurant’s parking lot as fishermen practiced using flares, a critical rescue tool. “Most people don’t know how to use them properly or how to ignite them properly. They can be injured, they can be burnt if they aren’t properly trained,” said Ted Williams, a former commercial fisherman and now a Coast Guard certified drill instructor. One fisherman admitted that if he had received flare training, he likely wouldn’t have blown off his thumbnail in a flare accident 15 years ago. continued

Coast Guard stresses the importance of life jackets, proper sleep while crabbing

The crabbing vessel Senja departed the Westport, Wash., marina at approximately 6 a.m. on Jan. 14, 2013, with four  people aboard,  for a week-long crabbing excursion. On Jan. 15, at approximately 6 p.m., the crew began hauling and resetting crab pots, working for several hours. The captain of the vessel commented that the weather was very mild. Though it was dark, there were 2-3 foot swells, no wind, and excellent visibility. A crewmember fell overboard, suddenly and unexpectedly, entering the water headfirst,,,,,Read more

Maine advocates criticize quiet rollback of commercial fishing boat safety rules

PORTLAND, Maine — Advocates said they were baffled when one of the first serious attempts at improving fishing industry safety was stripped down in an annual act passed quietly last month. The U.S. Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2010 provision requiring all commercial fishing vessels operating more than three miles from the coast to have dockside inspections by Oct. 16, 2012, was extended to Oct. 15, 2015, by the latest 2012 act , which became law on Christmas Eve. Read more

OPINION-High Class, Low Class – The Case for No Class-Fishing Vessel Safety-Pacific Fisheries Review

We want the USCG back as our inspectors. Please write your Senators and Representatives asking them to give fishermen and the USCG the latitude to handle this in a in a more logical, practical and safer manner at a much lower cost. Establish user fees and we will pay.  Unfortunately, maritime accidents are,,,,,Read More http://www.pacificfisheriesreview.com/pfr_june12_story12.php