MARINE INDUSTRY

New England fisheries are deadliest in U.S.

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MICHAEL MARCHETTI, a Narragansett scallop fisherman. The scallop fisheries is the second deadliest in the U.S.
Posted 8/23/12

BOSTON – Workers in the Northeast groundfishery die at a rate of 600 fatalities per 100,000 full-time employees, making it the deadliest fisheries job in the country, WBUR reported.

The Northeast groundfish fishery includes cod and haddock, and workers are 37 more times likely to die on the job than a police officer.

While the West Coast crab fishermen on Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” boast the deadliest title, the workers in the Dungeness crab industry die at a rate of 310 per 100,000 full-time employees, making it the third deadliest catch in the U.S.

The scallop fishery is the second deadliest fishery in the U.S., according to a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health report, with 425 deaths per 100,000 full-time employees.

According to the news source, even with such a high death toll, local fishermen are opposed to the idea of increased federal oversight.

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