About Salty

Falling overboard is the second leading cause of death among commercial fishermen, nationwide. And the reason for that? Not wearing a personal floatation device or PFD. In fact, none of the 191 fishermen who died in the U.S. between 2000 and 2013 were wearing a PFD when they drowned.

Live to be Salty is a multimedia health communication intervention developed by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in an effort to reduce drownings by promoting the use of PFDs on board commercial fishing vessels. Live to be Salty means to take steps that will lead to a long and productive fishing career. Live to be the Old Salt everyone looks to for advice by setting a good example for your crew and others. PFDs have come a long way in the last decade and many of the myths associated with them simply aren’t true. There are comfortable PFDs available on the market that you can wear 100 percent of the time on deck. PFDs that don’t snag on gear, don’t overheat you and won’t restrict your movement. We hope to spread that word and save lives.

For more on safety for commercial fishermen, visit cdc.gov/niosh/topics/fishing/.

Let’s work together to improve safety at sea so that all fishermen may Live to be Salty. Show your support and become a partner by contacting Ted Teske at nioshfishing@cdc.gov.

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