ANACORTES, Wash. - A $35 million boat commissioned by a Washington state-based fishing company promises to make one of the most dangerous professions safer.
The key difference is a new vessel design: Fishermen won't be on the boat's deck weathering unforgiving Bering Sea waves as they reel in their catch. Instead, they'll be behind the protection of the boat's hull.
Currently under construction in Anacortes, Wash., the flagship vessel for Blue North Fisheries is the first of its kind for American commercial fishing -- a similar model is already used by a Norwegian company.
Jennifer Lincoln, an injury epidemiologist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety Health, says the vessel's design represents an attempt to avoid the hazards faced by fishermen completely.
The 191-foot vessel is due to hit waters in late 2014.