What makes crab fishing so dangerous?
Crab boat injuries and fatalities can be caused by the cramped conditions. Crab boats are smaller than many other commercial fishing boats and the tight spaces make accidents and falls overboard more likely. The equipment used in crab fishing is big and heavy and takes up a lot of space on deck.
How dangerous is crab fishing in the Bering Sea?
Alaskan crab fishing is very dangerous, and the fatality rate among the fishermen is about 80 times the fatality rate of the average worker. It is suggested that, on average, one crab fisherman dies weekly during the seasons.
Has crab fishing gotten safer?
The dangers of the Bering Sea crab fishery have been made famous by the reality TV show “Deadliest Catch.” But in the last 15 years, that industry has become much safer, in large part thanks to collaboration between industry, scientists and regulators.