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
There have been 3,326 accidents on UK fishing vessels in the last 10 years.
94 lives have been lost.
Agreed that their family worried about them while they were at sea
Disagreed that accidents at sea are mostly down to events beyond their control
Didn't realise the difficulties for a family when a body cannot be recovered
Of fishermen told us they wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) at all times
Have experienced an incident at sea where their life was in danger
Fishing is the most dangerous peacetime occupation
Without a body families cannot
Have a funeral
Close a bank account
Make a life insurance claim
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.
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