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Northeast Commercial Fishing Deadliest In Country 08:06
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Fred Mattera, a safety trainer, coaches a fisherman in an ‘abandoned ship’ exercise at Point Judith, Rhode Island in August, 2012. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Fred Mattera, a safety trainer, coaches a fisherman in an ‘abandoned ship’ exercise at Point Judith, Rhode Island in August, 2012. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

If you’re a fan of the reality TV show “Deadliest Catch,” it may not surprise you that commercial fishing is the deadliest job in the country.

But, it turns out that Bering Sea crabs aren't the deadliest catch: northeast cod, haddock and other groundfish, and Atlantic scallops, are. From 2000-2009, workers in the Northeast multi-species groundfish fishery (including fish such as cod and haddock) were 37 times more likely to die on the job as a police officer.

Despite safety concerns, the industry is slow to adopt promising safety measures.

For WBUR’s full report on the dangers of commercial fishing in the northeast, click here.

This segment aired on August 22, 2012.

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