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Beware Three Important Dangers of Fishing in the Northern Atlantic Ocean

Paul Hofmann
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Specializes in personal injury, with emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims

Commercial fishing in Alaskan waters may be dramatic. It may have been the subject of a TV show long before commercial fishing in the Atlantic was featured on The Discovery Channel’s “Deadly Seas” series, but commercial fishermen in the Bering Sea may not face quite the same dangers as commercial fishermen in the North Atlantic Ocean.


Whether you are a veteran fisherman or getting ready for your first North Atlantic voyage, it is important to understand the dangers of Atlantic fishing and to know how to contact an experienced New York maritime injury lawyer if you’ve been hurt.


Why Fishing in the North Atlantic is Different


Some of the reasons for the dangers facing scallop, cod, flounder and other Atlantic fishermen include:


  1. Fishing for ground fish. Often this includes the use of large dredges that scrape the sea floor in search of fish. However, dredges can pick up dangerous things discarded at sea or they can get caught in large ship wrecks that threaten to capsize and sink the fishing vessel.
  2. Taking longer voyages and going further out to sea. Longer voyages may create a tired crew that is more likely to be involved in dangerous accidents, and being located further out to sea could make a rescue more difficult.
  3. The difficulty of predicting storms so far out to sea. The weather out on the open Atlantic can be difficult to forecast in enough time for a fishing vessel to change course and avoid a storm.


Of course, other dangers, such as the cold waters, mechanical problems and mistakes by the captain or crew could also occur.


Contact a New York Maritime Accident Attorney if You’ve Been Hurt in the Atlantic


If you have been injured at sea, then it is important to contact an experienced New York fishing accident lawyer today for a free consultation. Our attorneys can be reached at 1-800-3-MAY-DAY or 1-800-362-9329.


We also invite you to read our FREE publication, Are You a Seaman Injured in a Maritime Accident? Know Your Rights.


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