Fisheries Observers Charter

Working hours and safety at sea


Fisheries Observers Charter

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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.