The government has met with coastal MP’s from around the UK to discuss how the fishing industry can build upon existing initiatives and improve the safety of fishermen at sea in the UK fishing industry.
The meeting was also attended by representatives of FISG, Seafish and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
Nusrat Ghani, MP for Wealden and Transport Minister in tandem with the other representatives urged the industry to support the new safety management code and commented;
Fishing remains one of the most dangerous industries in the UK, with 43 people sadly losing their lives since 2012.
A lot of work has already been done to encourage fishermen to be safer at sea and last year we saw the fewest fishing vessels lost ever, but more can be done.
This meeting was very positive, with MPs promising to further promote the use of personal locator beacons by fishermen in their constituencies.
In recent years, significant improvements have been made in Health and Safety for fishermen at sea with the introduction of free flotation devices for crew, free health and safety training and the introduction of a range of new guidance and codes of practice designed to reduce accidents and preventable deaths in the industry.