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Fishing: Accidents

Volume 707: debated on Monday 26 January 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many fishermen died in accidents between 1992 and 2006; and how the rate compares with the general workforce ashore. [HL717]

There were 256 recorded deaths of commercial fishermen on UK-registered fishing vessels during the period 1992 to 2006 (ref: Marine Accident Investigation Branch report—Analysis of UK Fishing Vessel Safety 1992 to 2006, published November 2008)

Directly comparable statistics for the same time period are not available, but the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Research Project 578—Update of Mortality for Workers in the UK Merchant Shipping and Fishing Sectors, published in July 2007, showed the fatal accident rate for UK fishermen for the period 1996 to 2005 to be 115 times than that of the general workforce in Great Britain.