Prevention of accidents at work in Nordic fisheries

What has worked?

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The study is based on a combination of previous research and historical initiatives taken by authorities in the respective Nordic countries to promote safety in fisheries. So far there has been limited knowledge about what has worked and has positively influenced the rate and severity of occupational accidents, and fishermen's own experiences with prevention has not been studied. Therefore, the project has been supplemented with a joint Nordic investigation of fishermen, focusing on the accumulation of the fishermen’s experience regarding actions that have played a preventive role in terms of occupational accidents in fisheries. On this basis, the results of the study have been summarised. Possible explanations for the significant reduction in the work accidents highlighted by the report, and recommendations for dissemination of the results of the project have been outlined.



Summary – Nordic fishing, the regulation of fisheries and accidents in fishery

The project is based on studies of accidents in fisheries in the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The study shows that in the Nordic countries there are the last 15–20 years launched many diverse measures to prevent accidents in the fishing industry, as described in the summary for each country in previous chapters. There has been a significant decline in the number of fishermen in the Nordic countries in the observation period. While the number has approximately been halved during the past 15 years, the total catch is largely unchanged or has increased. The fishing fleet and catch varies across the involved countries. In Iceland and the Faroe Islands, the revenues from fishing constitute a significant portion of the countries’ gross domestic product. These countries are mainly engaged in deep-sea fishing. This is in contrast to Finland, where the fleet consists mainly of small, one-man-operated fishing vessels and fishing in coastal or inland territorial waters. The Norwegian fleet consists of a mix of vessels, ranging from small one-man-operated vessels to large deep-sea vessels.


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