Fishing is big business in Alaska, but fishery workers have the highest fatality rate per 100,000 workers of any U.S. industry. If you are up to the strenuous challenge and you land a rare position on a crab boat, then you can make a year's income in about two weeks. Take this quiz to learn more about the challenges of Alaskan fishing.
What percentage of salmon consumed in the U.S.A. comes from Alaska?
almost 71 percent
almost 84 percent
almost 95 percent
What percentage of Alaska’s private sector employment consists of fishing?
about 50 percent
about 59 percent
about 64 percent
How many jobs does the Alaskan fishing industry provide?
Besides pelting rain and icy decks, what other major hazard do people fishing from boats off Alaska’s coast often face?
heavy icing on a boats superstructure
gale force winds
Alaskan fishermen have the deadliest occupation in the United States. What was the death rate in 2007?
67 deaths per 100,000 fishermen
91 deaths per 100,000 fishermen
128 deaths per 100,000 fishermen
In Alaska, what percentage of occupational fatalities are a direct result of commercial fishing activity?
Which fishing activity is the most dangerous in Alaska?
What is the name of the largest fishing port in the United States?
Port of Anchorage
Port of New Bedford
How many boats travel to remote areas of the Bearing Sea and Gulf of Alaska for the annual crab-fishing season?
What do they call the devices that they drop in the ocean to catch king crabs?
How much does a typical crab pot weigh?
How do the crabs end up in the crab pot?
They crawl up a net ramp to reach the bait of dead fish and fall into the trap where there is no way to climb out.
They enter a trapdoor to reach the bait of dead fish and cannot get back out.
The trap is divided in two chambers one easy to enter where they climb to the bait and fall into the second half.
What does the Bureau of Labor Statistics predict will happen with commercial fishing employment over the next 10 years?
a rise of 14 percent
a 16 percent drop
a static level with little change
What is the length of a typical shift when fishing crabs?
18 to 20 hours
14 to 16 hours
10 to 12 hours
What other factors can lead to fatigue and the possibility of an accident while crab fishing?
only a few hours of daylight each day and working on icy decks
work haste due to a short season and working along the railing of a boat
all of the above
What do crew members on crab boats typically receive as compensation for the hard work and danger?
$10,000 base salary plus one percent of profits
1.5 to 10 percent of their ships profit
an average of $27,250
What was the gross worth of the crab catch taken in by 505 commercial fishery workers in 2006?
What is the typical take home pay for a commercial crew member after a good crab season?
What profession has the second highest fatality rate per 100,000 next to commercial fishing?
How much more likely are Alaskan fishermen to survive if they wear personal flotation devices?