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NL-FHSA Releases Safety Training for Harvesters, By Harvesters

The Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesters Safety Association (NL-FHSA) has launched its new Fishing Vessel Safety Designate (FVSD) Program, which is free for all N.L. fish harvesters. The program, according to NL-FHSA Executive Director Brenda Greenslade, was designed to fill a knowledge gap in safety education in the province. “Of the training that was being delivered, there was none specific to fish harvesters, which is really important because you can’t take somebody who works ...

The Overlooked Issue of Seafarer Fatigue and How to Avoid It

Above: David Greening photo   The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has highlighted fatigue on its watchlist since 2022 and has published four investigations in 2023 where fatigue was a major factor in the incident, highlighting the need for fatigue management in the fishing industry. According to Lija Bickis, Manager of Investigations, Standards and Quality Assurance at the TSB, sleep-related fatigue is a commonplace and under investigated factor in incidents at sea. “I ...

Lack of Understanding of Fire Suppression Systems a Factor in Atlantic Destiny Sinking

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has issued a safety concern regarding insufficient crew knowledge on how to properly use carbon dioxide (CO2) fixed fire suppression systems following the investigation into the sinking of the fishing vessel Atlantic Destiny. With 31 crew on board, the 39.2-metre Atlantic Destiny, operated by Ocean Choice International, left Riverport, Nova Scotia on Feb. 17, 2021 for a 21-day scallop-fishing trip to the fishing grounds near Georges Bank. It ...

Disappearing Redfish and DFO Math

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announcement in late January with respect to redfish puts a glaring spotlight on the numbers problem in its science and management divisions. Its new research purports to show that the biomass of redfish in Area 1, despite there having been essentially no fishery, has declined since 2019 from 4.3 million tonnes to 2.8 million tonnes after growing exponentially for a decade. This follows news in December 2023, that the estimated number of seals ...

ENGOs Don’t Deserve Stakeholder Status at Fisheries Management Tables

The primary objective of environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) is protect fish stocks — but that actually translates to them advocating for the end of fishing, or recommending total allowable catch (TAC) levels so low that fish harvesters and communities cannot survive and thrive. When these organizations take the stance that all commercial fishing should be at the lowest possible level and in many recent examples, entirely closed, should they be permitted a seat at the ...

On the Waterfront – May 2024

High Liner Invests $5 Million in Norcod In exchange for 10 per cent ownership and nomination rights for a seat on their board of directors, High Liner Foods has invested $5 million in the Norwegian aquaculture company Norcod. Going forward, High Liner CEO Paul Jewer will sit on Norcod’s board of directors. Norcod’s operates six facilities located in central and northern Norway with licenses secured to reach a production capacity of 26,000 metric tonnes of cod. The conditions in these ...

The Twine Loft – May 2024

Passed On: Gifford Cooke — Blacks Harbour, N.B. processor Cooke, 85, passed away at home on March 3, 2024. He was born in L’Etete, N.B. on April 5, 1938. Often called Wizard for his skills with a wrench, he proudly overhauled, repaired and maintained vessels throughout Atlantic Canada. His love for the water continued when Cooke, alongside his sons Glenn and Michael, established their first salmon farm in Kelly Cove, N.B. in 1985. Eight years later, Cooke Aquaculture Inc. was founded. ...

Fishing Safety: A Worldwide Dilemma

As The Navigator’s loyal readers are aware, each year, the May issue is devoted to highlighting the ongoing issues involving safety in the fishing industry. As this magazine has pointed out time and time again, commercial fishing has been and continues to be one of the most dangerous industries in the world. The United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates, up to 24,000 fishermen die every year in accidents on fishing vessels. That is more than 10 times as many as in ...