Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Bangladesh, our fishSAFE 2025 project team have used the networks and supply chains they have built up via the project to buy and distribute over 200 hand sanitisers and face masks to fishermen in rural communities along with a vital hygiene message. This simple relief strategy may sound small, but this level of protection in these small communities is very rare and greatly appreciated.
Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s fishSAFE 2025 project is helping save fishermen’s lives in Bangladesh. A partnership with the Fish Safety Foundation (FSF) – an international charity based in New Zealand – and the Patuakhali Science and Technology University in Southern Bangladesh, the project provides safety awareness and training for fishing communities in Bangladesh. It aims to achieve a reduction of 20% in vessels lost, and 25% fewer serious injuries, ill-health and lives lost in by 2025.
The team have visited the coastal villages of Mahipur and Allipur, where they distributed safety eyewear and wound care packs as part of the re-FISH initiative (www.re-fish.org). re-FISH sources reusable safety, vessel and fishing equipment to be donated to communities in Bangladesh.
The project is expected to save lives - and help influence the Bangladesh government and trawler owners to make the industry safer.