Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Workplace Health and Safety Information—Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing


Fisheries in the Northeast

Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Many commercial fishing operations are characterized by hazardous working conditions, strenuous labor, long work hours and harsh weather. According to the CDC, roughly 46 fishermen die each year. Vessel disasters and falls overboard are the leading cause of death. According to the NIOSH Report, "Fatal Occupational Injuries in the U.S. Commercial Fishing Industry", the East Coast had the highest number of commercial fishing fatalities in the United States. Fisheries with the highest number of fatalities on the East Coast include Scallop, Multi-Species Groundfish and Lobster fisheries.