CFIVSACommercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Act of 1988
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CFIVSA regulations focus primarily on saving lives after the loss of a vessel and not on preventing vessels from capsizing or sinking, falls overboard, or injuries on deck.
CFIVSA requirements for life rafts and immersion suits likely contributed to a survival rate of 94% among commercial fishermen aboard vessels that sank or capsized during 1997-1999 in Alaska; this rate was up from 73% in 1991 (2).