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New AMSEA program relieves the strains, sprains, pains of fishing

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Ergonomics for fishermen
December 12, 2012

 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Giving your body a break from the pains of fishing. I’ll tell you more after this —  

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Making some easy changes to a boat’s deck lay out, or simply modifying knives and scrapers can reduce the strains and sprains of fishing.  That’s  using the science of ergonomics.

 Cut: Ergonomics is the science of adapting your workplace, your tools, equipment and work methods to be more efficient and comfortable and error free by humans. It’s basically how a human body interacts with their work environment. 1

 Jerry Dzugan is director of Sitka-based AMSEA, the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association.  AMSEA is using grant money to design an ergonomics  program that fits the work to the user instead of forcing the user to fit the work. The goal is to reduce the muscular and skeletal disorders that are pervasive in the fishing jobs.

 Cut: When I used to fish and everyone I know who fishes if I ask them if their back hurts, they can all tell me about their   carpal tunnel, their tendonitis, their shoulder problems or their lower back problems. 4

 Dzugan says data from the Fishermen’s Fund show that 40% of all claims are strains and sprains, such as carpal tunnel.  The AMSEA program will show how those injuries happen, proper lifting and moving techniques and how simple stretching exercises before going out on deck can  minimize the  impact of repetitive motions and hard work.  It also will show how to make  deck space more ergonomically friendly and how modifying tools of the trade can help.

 Cut: How having a tool that fits your hand instead of making your hand fit the tool. Things like knives with angles so you can keep your wrist in a neutral position, fish scrapers that have the bend in the scraper not in your wrist. All those things make a big difference on tendonitis and carpal tunnel. 6

 Dzugan says the fishing ergonomics program will be tacked on to drill classes and safety training by AMSEA instructors. They also will work with local physical therapists to include the techniques. The new fishing ergonomics program will launch early next year.

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Alaska groundfish catches show ups and downs for 2013

Fish Radio
December 11, 2012

 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –  Lots of ups and downs for next year’s groundfish catches. More after this –

 The At Sea Processors Association donates one million fish meals each year through its Community Catch program. Learn more at www.atsea.org    

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 A big item on the North Pacific Council’s agenda each December is approving catches for Alaska’s largest fisheries –   pollock, cod, flatfish, perch and other groundfish. Some highlights of the 24 different fish species under the Council’s purview —  Pollock is the nation’s largest food fishery and the Bering Sea catch got bumped up by nearly 5% to more than 1.2 million metric tons – or just under three billion pounds.  Nearly 267 million pounds of pollock will come out of the Gulf, a four percent increase. …

 Pacific cod catches will take a tumble in the Bering Sea next year, down just slightly   to 260,000 tons, still over 500 million pounds. Cod in the Gulf took a sizeable hit to just over 133 million pounds, down nearly 8%.  …

 Catches for Alaska’s priciest fish – sablefish, or black cod, also will decline next year.  In the Bering Sea, a take of just over 3,700 tons, or 8 million pounds, is down 13 percent.  In the Gulf, the catch of 27.5 million pounds is a decrease of 3.5%.  … All combined, Alaska’s catches of groundfish next year total nearly 2.5 million tons or about 5.4 billion pounds of fish, more than all of the US states combined.  …

 Switching to a quick salmon update:  state managers have announced that there will be no fishing for Chinook salmon at the Stikine and Taku Rivers in Southeast Alaska next summer. The Chinook runs at both rivers are projected to be well below 30,000 fish.

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