month : 05/2016 27 results

Water Still Muddy on Sub-Centre Issue: Government Considering Options for St. John’s Role in Search and Rescue Co-ordination

It appeared to be full steam ahead for those onboard when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate letter last fall to Fisheries and Oceans Minister Hunter Tootoo directed him, as a priority, to re-open the maritime rescue sub-centre in St. John’s and the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base in Vancouver. It was a follow-up on a campaign promise prior to the last federal election to reverse a decision by the previous Conservative government to close those facilities. But while the engines have ...

Safety First

Stewart Franck thinks about safety at sea a lot. In fact, the executive director of the Nova Scotia Fisheries Safety Association is paid to think about it and where possible, improve the safety record of the most dangerous commercial industry in the country. Stewart was born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia and still lives in the region, although he lived in Manitoba for several years when his parents moved there when Stewart was a boy. Although Bridgewater is 15 miles inland from the ...

Three Pillars of Amendments to Fishing Vessel Inspection Regulations

Transport Canada is in the process of amending the Small Vessel Inspection Regulations in an effort to stymie the number of accidents on fishing vessels, which resulted into 16 deaths three years ago, making the commercial fishery the most dangerous occupation in Canada. The department has three objectives in mind to achieve this end: safe operating procedures, safety equipment and stability requirements. Safe Operating Procedures New provisions would require all small fishing vessels to ...

Northern Links

Although Corenna Nuyalia lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut and is located more than 2,000 kilometers from the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) in St. John’s, N.L., a relationship between the two is bringing many benefits to the North. Nuyalia is the senior advisor for the fisheries, sealing and fur programs with the Fisheries and Sealing Division, Department of Environment, with the Government of Nunavut. “I deal with all of our funding programs, such as the fisheries development and ...

Safety Improvements Coming to Industry

These are sobering figures. Between 2009 and 2013, 40 per cent of all marine accidents in Canada were pinned to fishing vessels, approximately 134 vessels per year. Three years ago, 16 fishing fatalities were reported, many of the vessels fishing from south west Nova Scotia ports like Woods Harbour-Forbes Point. Sailing in weather conditions not suited to small boats, a vessel stability problem and the lack of adequate safety equipment or training for vessel crews were all deemed ...

Foreign Workers Rules Relaxed: Catamaran Ferry Wrong Boat for N.S. Fishery

A policy which was crippling Atlantic fish plants will see changes which will be to the industry’s benefit. Ottawa announced recently that it was moving ahead with exemptions to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program which would allow employers such as a fish plant operator to bring in an unlimited number of temporary foreign workers, provided the work period is shorter than 180 days. The Harper government literally killed a number of fishing enterprises when it limited the number of ...

Taking Safety to the Next Level

The mainstream media is filled with what seems like a tragic event almost every day. The 24-hour news cycle is always reporting on a catastrophic bombing, flooding or plane crash in some far-flung corner of the globe. It is so commonplace today, that the average, viewer, listener or reader has almost become numb to it. But once in a while, a tragedy occurs a little too close to home, causing one to stop, take notice and even reflect on their own well being. Unfortunately, the fishery ...