STORIES: Bering Sea Crab
Crab fishing in the Bering Sea was one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. In the mid 1990's, when these photos were taken, seven out of every 1,500 crabbers died on the job each year; that was 70 times higher than the national average for workplace fatalities. If it weren’t for the potentially large financial jackpots (as high as U.S. $25,000 for a deckhand during a five-week season) no one would have ventured out to sea. But crabbers did. The lure of money and the sea is a powerful addiction.
Today the fishery has consolidated resulting in a much smaller fleet and diminished financial returns for a typical deckhand. The crab fishing quotas are also smaller so crabbers fish much shorter seasons. As a result fewer crewmen have died.
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