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Progress in Alaska fishing fleet safety could help New England fishers

The famous Discovery Channel show about Alaska crab fishermen may be called "Deadliest Catch," but the real deadliest catch is the New England groundfish industry. Safety reform efforts have advanced slowly there. NPR reports that Alaska might be a model for change in the Northeast.

Alaskan waters had been viewed as the most hazardous place for commercial fishing - that is, until a closer focus on safety reduced the number of fatalities in those fisheries.

"I believe that fishermen want to be safe," says National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health epidemiologist Jennifer Lincoln, who's based in Alaska. "They just want things to be practical. They want the solutions to really address the hazards that exist."

In Alaska, fishermen, state regulators and the Coast Guard have worked together to make fishing less deadly.

Read more, and hear the audio report, at NPR: Trying to tame the (real) deadliest fishing jobs