Fisheries Observer Charter
Working hours and safety at sea for fisheries observers.
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Fisheries observers often feel pressurised to work extended hours on commercial fishing trips in order to (a) satisfy sampling coverage targets, and (b) fit in with normal working patterns on board. Fatigue leads to poor judgement and slow response to the environment, which creates a safety hazard to the observer, the crew, and the vessel.
Published: 14 May 2015