Fish Safe NS Adds Mobile Training Unit and New Programs
Above: Fish Safe NS has added a mobile training unit to its tool chest for promotion and support of all things safety in the Nova Scotia fishing industry. The mobile training is used when Fish Safe NS is doing wharf visits and man overboard drills. Contributed
Splashes of Safety Celebration Returning in 2022 After a Two-Year Absence
A mobile training unit, a new Safety Equipment and Training Subsidy Program and a mental health and wellness initiative have been rolled ...
Major Modifications and Stability
No two vessels’ stability characteristics are the same.
Some vessels have similar stability but the stability of one vessel is never identical to another. Even so-called “sister” vessels will likely have different stability features.
The specifics of a vessel’s stability are determined by aspects such as hull form, displacement, freeboard, centre of gravity and vessel operations. For fishing vessels, operations would include such things as amount of fishing gear carried, where it ...
2019 Fatal Sinking of Captain Jim Attributed to Compromised Stability
Regulatory Surveillance by TC Didn’t Identify Vessel Modifications that Affected Stability and Watertight Integrity
The installation of freeing ports during a refit on the undecked Captain Jim’s hull is what led to the fatal sinking of the vessel in Halifax Harbour in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2019, concluded a Transportation Safety Board (TSB) investigation released last fall and corrected in February.
“After the publication of this report, the TSB obtained ...
Project Aims to Save Lives by Making PLBs Accessible to N.L. Fish Harvesters
Fish harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador are celebrating an important project that aims to make personal locator beacons (PLBs) accessible to all fish harvesters in the province.
A collaboration between the Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA), Fish Harvesters’ Resource Centre (FRC), Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board (PFHCB) and the Fish Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) will subsidize costs, making PLBs available to fish ...
Locator Beacons Help Take the “Search” Out of Search and Rescue
Above: Crewmembers from the Canadian Coast Guard’s search and rescue station in Burgeo on board the CCGS Cape Edensaw. CCG submitted photos
In July, 2021, two men found themselves in distress while sailing from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland and Labrador.
They were 30 nautical miles south of La Poile, on Newfoundland’s south coast, when their 38-foot sailboat began taking on water.
Mark Gould remembers that July afternoon very well. Gould is the regional supervisor ...
On the Waterfront – May 2022
Windsor Junction Fisherman Dies in Waters Off Eastern N.S.
The Canadian Press reported that a fisherman had died after spending five hours in the waters off Canso, Nova Scotia on March 13.
35-year-old Jeremy Hart of Windsor Junction, N.S., was identified as the victim of the fishing accident. He died at 3:30 p.m. on March 13 after being found by a search and rescue team.
The Canadian Press said that Hart had only joined the crew of the halibut fishing vessel Mucktown Girl on March ...
The Twine Loft – May 2022
Passed On: Jeremy Hart – Windsor Junction, N.S. fisherman
Hart, 35, passed away suddenly on March 13. He was born with a zest for life in Halifax on November 30, 1986, to Paige Lewis (Foggoa) and Dean Hart. At age 18, he headed out West to the oil fields doing glycoltration, later becoming a certified rope access technician. That work took him from coast to coast across the country he loved, doing many jobs which found him with his head high in the clouds at the top of a windmill, hanging ...
Fishing Safety Knows No Boundaries or Borders
“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore” — Vincent Van Gogh.
Through many of his masterpieces, Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh had a genuine appreciation and empathy for the dangers faced by fishermen every time they set out on the water. Skip ahead more than a century to present day and commercial fishing is still a dangerous professional and tragically still ...
Fisheries Charges Hit a Five-Year Low in 2021
The total number of fisheries charges laid across Eastern Canada in 2021 was the lowest for the past five years in the Gulf, Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador and Québec regions.
According to DFO statistics, in the Gulf Region there were 124 charges laid in 2021 for fisheries violations. This compares to 232 in 2020, 320 in 2019, 461 in 2018 and 280 in 2017.
In the Maritimes Region, only 80 charges were laid in 2021, compared to 251 in 2020, 387 in 2019, 412 in 2018 and 332 in ...
The Evolution of the Fishing Vessel
TMD’s E-FINN Hull is the Next Generation of Energy Efficient Boat Design
The Hull Design Efficiency Challenge — a joint initiative of The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Impact Canada — was launched in July 2019 to encourage Atlantic Canadian boatbuilders and designers to come up with innovative fishing boat hull designs less than 15 metres to reduce fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.
ACOA also partnered with the National Research Council of ...