With the lobster season off and running in Southwestern Nova Scotia, regulators want harvesters to be aware of the risks involved.
Vessels will be loaded with traps and gear, increasing the risk of an accident, especially in inclement weather.
“Boarding boats in the cold and dark, at the mercy of the weather and the sea, makes fishing dangerous work. Safety is a crucial priority,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Steve Craig.
“One tragedy is one too many, so we urge fishing captains and crews to make sure they follow their safety training and take every precaution so they are able to come home safely to their loved ones.”
It is recommended that fishing crews take necessary precautions before heading out each morning. This includes monitoring the weather and the condition of their boats, examining the safety gear aboard the vessel, watching for potential work hazards, familiarizing the entire crew with EPIRBs (Emergency Position Radio Beacons) and wearing personal flotation devices (PFD).
Occupational health and safety laws in Nova Scotia require crew members to always wear a PFD.