Is Commercial Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico Safe?

Written by: Roy Boujaoude

What You Need to Know About Commercial Fishing in the Gulf

The Gulf of Mexico is home to some of the best commercial fishing in the region, but an outing on the water can turn deadly in a matter of minutes. If you are hurt or injured while fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, you might be entitled to compensation. You need to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to determine your legal options.

At the Law Office of Roy A. Boujaoude, P.C., we provide experienced representation for commercial fishermen off the coast of Houston and the surrounding areas. Our lawyers have extensive experience helping injury victims and their loved ones obtain the largest possible recovery allowed. 

If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a commercial fishing accident, contact our office at (713) 690-2277 to schedule a free consultation. 

How Common Are Commercial Fishing Deaths in the Gulf of Mexico?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 201 commercial fishing fatalities over the course of 20 years (2000-2019). While the number of deaths is trending down, it remains a dangerous industry. 

What Types of Incidents Result in the Most Fatalities?

Most of the fatalities in commercial fishing in the Gulf of Mexico are the result of falls overboard. Others, however, are due to vessel disasters and onboard fatalities. 

The incidents with the most commercial fishing fatalities:

  • Falls overboard - 41%
  • Vessel disaster - 38%
  • Onboard fatality - 15%
  • Diving fatality - 5%

Many commercial fishing accidents are preventable caused by negligence or wrongdoing. If you are injured in commercial fishing, you might have a valid claim for damages, but you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. 

What Are the Leading Causes of Death in Commercial Fishing Accidents?

The CDC states that the vast majority of commercial fishing deaths over the last 20 years were the result of drowning.

Top three causes of death in commercial fishing accidents:

  • Drowning - 82%
  • Blunt force trauma - 10%
  • Unintentional overdose - 2%

In order to get the compensation you deserve after a fishing accident, you need to act quickly. You may only have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit for personal injury.

What Fisheries Have the Most Fatalities?

While commercial fishing, in general, is dangerous, certain fisheries have more fatalities than others. In the Gulf of Mexico, shrimping has the largest number of commercial fishing deaths. 

Fisheries with the most fatalities:

  • Shrimp - 51%
  • Snapper/grouper - 10%
  • Oyster - 7%

There were over 100 commercial fishing deaths in the shrimping industry between 2000 and 2019, accounting for over half of all of the fatalities during that time period.

Injured in a Commercial Fishing Accident in Houston?

Were you injured in a commercial fishing accident in the Gulf of Mexico? Contact our office at (713) 690-2277 to schedule a free consultation. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. We proudly serve clients throughout Houston and the Gulf Coast of Texas. There are no fees unless we win. Call now to speak directly with a member of our legal team.

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