Safety at sea

Commercial fishing is, without a doubt, one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. Safety training and awareness is crucial for all fishermen.

Seafish collaborates with the industry, government and other organisations to reduce the number of fatalities and accidents which involve fishermen and improve overall safety at sea.

Our primary activities include the development and delivery of safety training courses for fishermen, the survey and inspection of fishing vessels and new builds (Marine Survey) and the provision of information to fishing vessels operating in the vicinity of surface and subsea structures (Kingfisher Information Services).

We work closely with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose Fishing Industry Safety Group informs, advises and guides our work in safety and the Royal National Lifeboats Institution (RNLI) who are often the first on scene in the event of an incident and whose fishing safety team we work closely with. 

We also work in conjunction with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).

The following pages contain advice and information about staying safe at sea. Remember: the best way to ensure the safety of a fishing crew is for all fishermen to undergo safety refresher training every three years.

More about fishermen's safety training can be found here, and Gov UK also offers advice and information about safety on fishing vessels.

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