97% of fishers live in developing countries.
Many of these fishers live in impoverished communities, where fishing is the primary source of food and income.
Fishing is risky.
34 million fishers worldwide are using traditional boats powered by sails and oars. Climate change has strengthened winds and caused rougher waters in many regions. In these conditions, traditional boats are prone to capsize.
Fishers have no access to affordable safety equipment.
After capsizing, fishers must swim long distances back to shore. With no life jackets, fishers quickly become exhausted. Sadly, many drown. Everyday, fishers decide whether to safeguard themselves and stay ashore or to risk their lives in order to provide for their families.