Many people in and around New Orleans are involved in the commercial fishing industry. The Gulf of Mexico and the lakes and bayous of Louisiana can be great places to harvest fish, crustaceans and other tasty sea dwellers. Strong and intelligent workers are needed to make this industry operate. But working in this industry is not without its risks.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. The fatality rate in the commercial fishing industry is nearly 40 times higher than that of the average American job. Hazards encountered while on the job include falls overboard, machinery on deck and vessel disasters such as capsizing or sinking.