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Fishermen tend partly to underrate the risks they are running, partly to stress the positive potentiale of risk. This can be explained by several, interrelated factors such as the nature of fishing, it-self a risk-based enterprise; a life-form promoting independency and identification with the enterprise's pecuniary priorities; working conditions upholding a feeling of exceptionalim and scepticism towards measures and regulations initiated from the outside. Moreover, out of ten factors affecting risk perception, according to D. Ropeik and P. Slovic (e.g. is the risk natural or not, is it new or not, is it outweighted by benefits, is it self-imposed), the majority showed to be highly relevant to the fishermen's underestimation of risk.