Occupational Health and Safety in Fishing Boats in Çanakkale Province

Aytepe H. G., Dalyan O., Pişkin M.

Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Journal of Marine Sciences and Fisheries, vol.4, no.2, pp.99-106, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


In this study, the attitudes of fishermen in Çanakkale region towards occupational health and safety measures have been investigated. For this purpose, a questionnaire consisting of 26 questions was conducted in June 2021 with fishermen working in fishing boats registered to Çanakkale Central Port Authority. Data obtained from responses of 103 randomly selected fishermen indicated that 99 participants (96.1%) were male and 63 (61.2%) were married. Fifty-two of the participants (50.5%) were between the ages of 25-35. Only 26 (25.2 %) of the participants received higher education. 55 (53.4%) of the participants had 1-5 years of professional experience. Fishermen between the ages of 19-24, with an associate degree and less than 1 year of professional experience gave more positive answers regarding the occupational health and safety efforts in fishing activities compared to those expressed by the personnel in other groups. There was a significant difference between the occupational health and safety perception and age and professional experience variables in fishing activities. The data obtained indicated insufficient efforts on fishing activities by the authorized public organizations and institutions, docking problems of fishing boats, lack of OHS service in fishing activities. Involvement of fishermen in the planning of fisheries related programs and informing employers about the necessity of mandatory OHS services provided by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security may solve identified problems.