By Elizabeth Earl
Alaska Journal of Commerce 

No deaths in Alaska commercial fishing industry for second year ever


December 14, 2022

For the second time ever, Alaska went a year without any fatalities in its commercial fishing industry.

The U.S. Coast Guard reported that there were no operational fatalities from Oct. 1, 2021, to Sept. 30, 2022, in Alaska’s commercial fishing industry. An operational fatality is when someone dies during the operation of a vessel at sea, including from causes like drowning, lost vessels or accidents.

This is only the second time Alaska recorded a year without a death in the commercial fishing sector; the first year was in 2015. However, the fatality rate in the industry has been on a steep do...

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