Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Each working day, fishermen face several challenges such as long working hours, unfavorable working conditions and harsh weather. Adding to this, they are also carrying extremely heavy equipment. Their working hours can be seven days a week where they are constantly trying to catch fish for the commercial market. Commercial fishermen are usually working in the middle of the ocean irrespective of the high or low waves. During high stormy seasons, authorized organisations often report several cases of drowning during fishing activities. The level of the danger increases if one is exclusively a deep-sea fishermen. This is because high winds along with the strong waves carries the fishermen off the shore. At times, due to the weather there is a poor visibility and fishermen have a difficult time finding their way back. Checking the weather forecast helps, but in the off seasons weather forecasts might not be able to detect extreme wind conditions as its occurrence is quite unpredictable.
As a matter of fact, it is a widely known fact that catching certain species of fish involves a lot of danger. One such specie is crabs found in Alaska. The most sought after Alaskan Crabs can be fished only in the fall and winter; thus exemplifying the dangers of fishing. The equipment used to get hold of the crabs are genuinely heavy – we are talking 700 pound steel traps. These heavy trapps are dropped as deep as 400 feet below the sea. Since, Alaskan Crabs are valued highly across the world acting as a quick guide to being rich, most of the fishermen of the Alaskan region are willing to take the risk.
Fishing as a job requires certain skills and preparation to ensure safety – clothing and having an understanding of weather are two important ones.