You may be tempted to think that fishing is meant for relaxation and peace of mind. You are not entirely wrong because fishing is considered to be a leisure activity, but also take into account that there are men who work in the roughest environments in order to get the big fish out of the water. This job is tough and demanding as h***. It requires a lot of strength and conssistency. These guys are passionate about fishing because they took it to a whole new level.
Here is some information about those who fight the seas and oceans as a daily job.
If you remember the documentary series called The Deadliest Catch, then you probably already know something about how life-threatening this occupation really is. Crab fishing is considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S.
Alaskan crab fishing is carried out during fall months. The most common areas for crab fishing are Alaska and Russia’s international waters.
In 2006, commercial fishing was ranked as the most hazardous occupation. This means that commercial fishing is even more dangerous than being a lumberjack.
One of the most dangerous factors that are on the list is the freezing temperature of water. Getting soaked in water is inevitable and the risk of hypothermia is high.
Another life-threatening factor is the turbulent sea. If you’re not careful enough, you might trip over right in the freezing cold water.
If you trip over during the day, things might turn out okay. But when you get knocked overboard during the night, you are in great danger. There is no visibility and until help arrives, it might be too late.
There are cases when you are in danger of being poisoned with fumes coming from other boats. A similar story is told by Fred Mattera, who witnessed such an event.
Another factor you might be facing while on the job is the vessel sinking.
Commercial fishing also includes the possibility of onboard injuries or falling overboard. The latter is caused by the heavy equipment.
Commercial fishing vessels often sail a long way from their homeports in order to find fish. This means that they might encounter storms which can produce “rogue waves” or “non-negotiable waves”. Their names are self-explanatory.
Diving is also dangerous. Sometimes, crew members with little formal training are called to dive below water to untangle nets. In some cases, they manage to tangle themselves in those nets.
Not wearing a flotation device while at work is putting their lives at risk. But almost all of them wear one of these.
Most fishermen don’t want to be supervised, and it increases the risks because in case that something happens, there will be no authority around to call for help.
The commercial fishing industry is not for the weak at heart. Each year, it places thousands of workers on the world’s shorelines at the mercy of the ocean.
Crew members sometimes suffer a lot of unsanitary work conditions which can become a stress factor. It’s not that easy to stay dirty for weeks.
The fishing industry in Alaska has a great say in the country’s economy. Imagine being responsible for your country’s future and well-being.
When bad weather strikes, the work conditions become significantly harder. Getting rained on and soaked in freezing water while trying to pull nets of out the sea can have some consequences.
Crab fishing is considered gambling, a win or lose kind of deal. Crab fishing involves dropping 800-pound steel cages that are called crab pots, into selected areas of the sea/ocean where specific species of fish or crab lives.
Crab pots and crab pot launchers are common sources of injuries. Fishermen get caught up in the coil lines. Working at the edge of the boat also puts them at risk of being swept off the deck and falling overboard.
Crab fishing season usually starts in wintertime, October until January. If you take into consideration the fact that most crabs are caught in the Bering Sea, one of the most turbulent seas, then you might start to understand the danger.
Getting hurt at the job is also dangerous because no one can take you to the nearest hospital. Survival is the key.
An overloaded fishing boat is another factor that is on the job list. This may cause the capsizing of the boat.
With all these life-threatening aspects of the job, this occupation is still a popular one for those who seek adventure. Also, the crew members are extremely well-paid.