Large fishing vessels called freezer-trawlers and freezer-longliners process and freeze their catch while out at sea. As we discussed in part one of this post, freezer-trawlers (FTs) and freezer-longliners (FLs) can be dangerous for workers due to the heavy equipment and exposure to numerous risk factors. Many workers decide to take the risk in order to potentially reap a lot of cash for big hauls.
The dangers of working on factory trawlers are no secret. Long hours, rocking seas, and loose safety conditions are a recipe for injury.
The long-running television series Deadliest Catch is well named. Government statistics have long shown that commercial fishing has fatality rates that are up to forty times above the national average.