Commercial fishing is the act of collecting ones catch and exchanging it for monetary value. There are fisheries that are within the industry, which may either be owned by large corporations or small family businesses. This market is notoriously difficult to break into. The current fisheries that exist have been forced to constantly adapt in order to continue to make a profit. The field is also incredibly dangerous. Contrasting heavily to organised fishing tours that occur in beautiful landscapes and offer some peace of mind and a unique chance to reflect, the trips that a fishermen must endure within this field are hazardous.
They are often battling against severe weather conditions, with the likes of storms and rough seas. Most of the people within this industry not only work dangerous shifts, but they work long ones, too, with the average shift being approximately 21 hours. The combination of hazardous weather accompanied by extreme exhaustion combined with the often dangerous tools used to catch fish, have actually resulted in the death of fishermen. Vessels have additionally been known to flood and sink, killing those on board who do not have the correct life saving equipment to survive.
Falling overboard is a pertinent problem, too. There are some professional fishermen still untrained in CPR and thereby cannot help a fellow crew member should they fall overboard in a near drowning situation. Today, this dangerous occupation has been documented in television shows that air across the world, but the field has not drastically improved regarding safety issues. Many of the boats and ships that are used on fishing trips often lack the necessary equipment to ensure that all peoples on board will remain safe, should something happen.
There were only a small numbers of boats that had the correct survival suits and equipment on board such as, life rafts, personal floating devices, safety vests and radios. Even those that did stock the required equipment, had employees who were not entirely sure how to use it. Their sole focus was on getting a big enough catch to make profit. Their catch can include anything from the likes of tuna, cod and carp, to lobster, squids and crabs and more. While commercial fishing provides a good meal to eat for all those who enjoy seafood, it is a hard business to endure.
It is not only hazardous for hardworking citizens, but it is also said to be endangering our marine life. There are already some serious reviews undergoing to ensure that the marine life stays protected, with certain types of equipment being developed to nurture those endangered underwater species. Human life should be the most important factor in any occupation, even with new laws in place, unfortunately there are people still suffering at the hands of the ocean and by fishing trawler owners not willing to adhere to safety issues. The job is truly an occupational risk.