Fishermen collecting his catch in Estancia Fishing Village, Philippines

Research Project – Safety in Small Scale Fishing

A Lloyds Register funded research project was jointly conducted between the FSF and the Marine Institute (Memorial University, St John’s, Canada) in the Philippines between September 2018 and February 2019.
Darren Mitchell
Project Manager / Trustee

This project focused on safety in small scale municipal fishing and determined safety training and awareness creation to be the two most needed interventions.

It was identified during this project that there was a lack of publicly available information available in the Philippines regarding rates of fatalities and accidents at sea in the country’s small-scale fishing industry.

However, during consultation with in-country stake holders, it was noted that fishing was widely considered to be an inherently dangerous profession. Feedback provided during survey activities with small scale fishers in the Iloilo Province of the Philippines indicated many risk factors including a lack of water safety skills, hazardous weather conditions, economic pressure to fish in poor weather, fatigue, dangerous fishing practices and a lack of available safety gear and training.

Catamaran boat in Philippines

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