Campaign Promotes Lifejackets for Lobstermen

Lifejackets for Lobstermen is a campaign that seeks to increase the use of PFDs among lobstermen.

According to statistics from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, from 2010 to 2014, lobster-fishing deaths ranked the highest in occupational fatalities in East Coast fisheries. In 80% of those deaths, none of the recovered victims was wearing a lifejacket.

A recent grant funded a study in which 181 lobstermen in Massachusetts and Maine were asked to wear various lifejacket designs and report on the level of fit, comfort, and their ability to perform lobstering work while wearing the PFD.

Starting in April, Lifejackets for Lobstermen volunteers will travel to various ports, letting lobstermen and other fishermen try on 11 different styles of lifejacket and offering the ability to purchase one at a half-price discount.