The Ultimate Life on a Crab Boat Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Crab fishing is probably one of the most difficult jobs you could have: fishing off the coast of Alaska in extreme winter weather. A crab boat's crew consists of a skipper and five to 10 sailors, who literally work 'round the clock for several days until their quota of crab is filled. Take this quiz to learn more about the challenges of life on a crab boat.

What sort of job is crab fishing?

Crab fishing is no nine-to-five job. The fishermen who work this gig literally live at an "office" that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until the crab quota is filled.


Crab fishing is one of the most _________ jobs in the world.

Crab fishing is one of the most dangerous and lucrative jobs in the world.


How many occupational deaths occurred during crab fishing in Alaska in the 1990s?

In that decade it was reported that the Alaskan fishing industry typically saw 24 lives lost each year.


In the 1990s, deaths of crab fishermen occurred on an average of ____ vessels in the Alaskan fishing industry.

In that decade the fishing deaths occurred on an average of 34 vessels in the Alaskan fishing fleet, or almost one fatality per boat.


What was the number of crab fishing fatalities per 100,000 workers in the U.S.A in 1990s?

The average of 24 lives lost each year was the equivalent of 140 deaths per 100,000 workers -- making it the most dangerous job in the U.S.


The average mortality rate on the job for crab fishers was ____ times the national average for all U.S. jobs in 1990s.

It was 20 times the national average for all U.S. jobs at that time.


Which fishing causes the maximum number of deaths in Alaska?

Of all the types of fishing done in Alaska, crab fishing is responsible for the majority of deaths.


How many crab fishing deaths were reported annually in Alaska between 2003 and 2008?

During this five-year period, the average annual number of fatalities fell from 24 to 11 per year in Alaska.


How much does a commercial crab cage weigh?

A crab boat must carry everything its captain and deckhands need, including 800-pound (364-kilogram) crab cages.


Who hires the deckhands for a crab boat?

Captains are careful to select deckhands who'll add spunk (not spite) to the long days and nights of fishing.


What are the objectives of crab fishing?

There are two objectives in crab fishing: return to port safely and make as much money as possible.


When was a crab fishing crew-safety law enacted?

A law to increase the safety of the crab fishing crew was finally enacted in 1988.


What are the predominant causes of death of crab fisherman in Alaska?

Hypothermia and drowning are the two greatest dangers of the icy Alaskan waters.


Which of the following checks crab boats for compliance with safety regulations?

The U.S. Coast Guard has the authority to check for compliance and often performs safety checks.


Which device is used to locate boats or ships in distress?

The locating equipment, or emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB), enables the Coast Guard to help a ship that's in trouble.


Who provides the safety equipment to deckhands?

The boat owner provides the safety equipment required by the Coast Guard.


How much money can a deckhand earn if his ship sails for five months?

Some ships can stay out for four to five months, and a deckhand may make $80,000.


How much money can a deckhand earn if his ship sails for three-and-a-half months?

On a vessel that stays out for three-and-a-half months, a deckhand can rake in about $40,000.


How many crab fishing boats head out of Dutch Harbor?

At the official start of the crab-fishing season, the assembled fishing boats burst across the starting line like horses at the start of a race.


How long do crab fishing boats take to get to the fishing grounds?

They typically spend a day or so traveling from port to the area where they set out their crab pots.


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