Statistics

In the past 10 years, 94 fishermen have died at sea in the UK, 529 fishermen have suffered serious injury and 210 fishing vessels have been lost. This is unacceptable and Seafish is committed to improving fishing safety.

12,000 commercial fisherman work in the UK

12,000 commercial fisherman work in the UK
There have been 3,326 accidents on UK fishing vessels in the last 10 years.

There have been 3,326 accidents on UK fishing vessels in the last 10 years.

94 lives have been lost.

78%

78%

Agreed that their family worried about them while they were at sea

55%

55%

Disagreed that accidents at sea are mostly down to events beyond their control

1/4

1/4

Didn't realise the difficulties for a family when a body cannot be recovered

26%

26%

Of fishermen told us they wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) at all times

25%

25%

Have experienced an incident at sea where their life was in danger

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Fishing is the most dangerous peacetime occupation

Without a body families cannot

Funeral

Have a funeral

Bank

Close a bank account

Insurance

Make a life insurance claim

7 years

Settle a will for 7 years

Working closely with the fishing industry, the maritime & Coastguard Agency, the RNLI and the Fishermen's Mission, Seafish is backing a Fishing Industry Safety Group (FISG) initiative to promote the wearing of the PDFs by fishermen. FISG aims to ensure that every commercial fisherman in the UK is provided with a PFD. So far, around 7,000 fishermen in Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of England and Wales have benefitted from the initiative, with rollout to the remaining fishermen expected throughout 2014 and 2015.

For more information and to show your support of our fishermen's safety, please visit:

www.seafish.org/training