Publication Detail

Reducing Risk to Life and Limb: Safety Training Steps Towards Resilience in Massachusetts' Commercial Fishing Industry

Madeleine Hall-Arber, Karina L. Mrakovcich
11 pp.
MITSG 08-05J
$5.50 DOM / $7.50 INT

Vulnerability takes on a visceral meaning in the context of plying the seas in one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. Despite enhanced safety regulations for the fishing industry, deaths and injury abound. The loss of the F/V Northern Edge out of New Bedford with only one survivor sparked a new move towards the Northeast’s commercial industry’s participation in safety training courses in 2005 and 2006.
By looking at the New Bedford experience and an effort by the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership to build on that model, this paper explores the potential for developing a “culture of safety” in the fishing industry of the Northeast. Fishermen have long been noted as either overt risk-takers or simply fatalists, but improvements in technology have made survival in emergency situations more likely. Participation in safety training may be viewed as an optimistic choice, reflecting a community’s resilience in the face of adversity.

type: Journal, book, proceeding reprints

Parent Project

Project No.: 2008-A/A-3
Title: Center for Marine Social Sciences (CMSS)

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