Commercial Fishing Fatalities-- California, Oregon, and Washington, 2000-2006

Lincoln, J.; Lucas, D.
October 2008
JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association;10/1/2008, Vol. 300 Issue 13, p1510
Academic Journal
The article presents a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on commercial fishing fatalities for California, Oregon, and Washington for the years 2000-2006. The CDC analyzed data on the fatalities to determine whether safety interventions were needed for the Pacific Northwest states. Results showed that the annual fishing fatality rate was double the fishing fatality rate nationwide for the same period. It was found that safety equipment had not been used adequately. Additional prevention measures designed to protect those at greatest risk, the Northwest Dungeness crab fishermen, are needed. Statistics are included on the causes for fatalities and the safety measures available at the time of each fatality.


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