Public Forum on Fishing Vessel Safety

The goals of the forum were (1) to identify safety issues in the industry from the perspective of both industry and government, and (2) to identify strategies for preventing accidents and reducing the commercial fishing industry's unacceptably high injury and fatality rate. Vessel standards, human performance issues and the regulatory environment were also discussed. Forum participants included representatives of the commercial fishing industry from Alaska, and the East, West and Gulf coast, safety equipment manufacturers, marine safety training centers, classification societies, and federal agencies that affect the industry.