Category Archive: FISH SAFE

FISH SAFE – Mar’22

Near misses: can we prevent or reduce them? Has it happened to you? “Whew, that was close!” “Who’s going to believe what we just escaped?” Whether at work or in normal living, we all have had close calls – aka “near misses.”  Some workers characterize near misses as injuries that didn’t happen.  Others might say …

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FISH SAFE – Jan’22

On behalf of fishing safety: the Maine Commercial Fishing Safety Council Maine has a special council that is committed to fishing safety.  The Maine Commercial Fishing Safety Council (MCFSC or the council) is a voluntary council sponsored by the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR).  The council was established by the Maine state legislature under …

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FISH SAFE – Nov’21

How ready is your pier for emergency response? Fishermen experience many different types of injuries on the job.  A large number are musculoskeletal injuries caused by being struck, called “struck-by/struck-against” in the parlance of industrial hygienists.  Other musculoskeletal injuries are the result of repetitive activity (such as banding lobsters) or the result of strenuous lifting …

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FISH SAFE – Sep’21

Dew Point and NOAA’s Digital Weather Website It was foggy on the Maine coast on August 10 and 11.  Fog is common in the months of August and September in the coastal northeast.  Fog doesn’t phase fishermen.  They either know their territory very well without visible clues, or they use their electronics to navigate when the …

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FISH-SAFE – July’21

This year’s numbers of disabled vessels and medevacs are high in USCG District 1 Each year for one of the summer issues of CFN, I review the Coast Guard (USCG) District 1 data year-to-date to see if there are any safety topics that need to be brought to the fore.  This year the number of disabled …

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FISH SAFE – Caring for PFDs: Inspecting, rearming, and storing

Do you have a new personal flotation device (PFD) or lifejacket?  Are you readying your present PFD gear for spring and summer fishing? Lend an ear. Here are some tips to help ensure that your PFD, which we hope you are wearing every time you are on the water, will be able to function as …

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Fish Safe – Good news for safety training programs in the region

Although it is still plenty cold along the East Coast, fishermen and the organizations that serve them are starting off 2021 with good news on the funding front and an impressive choice of safety trainings to attend. On Jan. 1, Congress overrode President Donald Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY21 which …

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FISH-SAFE: The mayday distress call – Where it originated, when to use it, and when not to

Before the mayday distress call existed, that is before the radio as we know it was in use, telegraph operators used the Morse Code signal — three dots, three dashes, three dots — to communicate distress.  The sound of the tapped dots and dashes are often expressed as dih, dih, dih, dah, dah, dah, dih, …

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FISH SAFE: Pandemic stress is real, but fishermen finding ways  to cope, survive, push forward through COVID-19

We can always count on the fact that the full moon of August, the Sturgeon Moon, will give way to the full moon of September, the Corn Moon. It happens every year with astronomical consistency in the heavens. But here in 2020, on earth versus the heavens, any consistency we expected in past years – …

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FISH-SAFE: Vessel incidents and economic impact – Any relationship?

The fishing industry, as we all know, was hit hard beginning this past March when the COVID-19 pandemic really took hold in the US. While federal and state governments identified and designated fishing as an “essential industry” – one that could remain open while others had to shut down – the supply chains associated with fishing …

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