Real ‘Deadliest Catch’ is New England Fish

Commercial trawler use nets that sweep across the bottom, held open by "doors" on each side of the net. The contents of the net are emptied onto the deck and then sorted. Photo/NOAA, Center for Coastal Studies

Despite the popular TV show profiling Alaskan crab fishermen, Americaís real ‘Deadliest Catch’ is in the Northeast, reports an article on

The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks commercial fishing as the deadliest job in the United States. And the most dangerous fishery is in the Northeast U.S. From 2000 to 2009, workers in the Northeast multi-species groundfish fishery (including fish such as cod and haddock) were 37 times more likely to die on the job as a police officer.

A National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health report shows 70 percent of those deaths and those in the second-deadliest fishery, Atlantic scallops, followed vessel disasters such as fire, capsizing or sinking. Most of the rest were caused by onboard injuries or falling overboard, often by getting tangled in heavy overhead equipment.

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