Bering Sea crab fishing safer, federal safety report says

Posted: Sunday, July 25, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A new federal safety report says Bering Sea crabbing is not as deadly as it used to be.

KTUU News reports that a new National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study says the Bering Sea crab fishery is now the safest in Alaska. Since 2005, only one death and no vessel sinkings have been reported.

The industry inspired the popular Discovery Channel reality show, the "Deadliest Catch."

The Alaska Bering Sea crabbers credit the drop in fatalities to new fishing rules, including longer fishing seasons and set quotas, which allows captains to wait for good weather and limits sleep deprivation.

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