Planning Fish Harvester Marine Safety Training

May 27, 2013

Transport Canada Regulatory Training Needs Assessment

In 2011, the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters (CCPFH) requested a study in order to assess the training requirements of the Canadian fish harvesting industry to meet new maritime safety regulations. CamProf Inc was contracted by the CCPFH to carry out an assessment of the numbers of fish-harvesters across all 13 jurisdictions together with those in the on-water marine sector in British Columbia, who require certification as a result of Transport Canada legislation. The training needs were assessed in terms of the numbers and locations of those requiring certification in order to serve the existing vessels, and the availability of appropriate training opportunities.

The specific objectives were as follows: Identify, for fish harvesters, the regulatory training requirements of the Transport Canada regulations which have come into force through the Canada Shipping Act (2001) and in particular its Small Vessel Regulations and Marine Personnel Regulations (in collaboration with Transport Canada). Analyze and determine the number of harvesters per province requiring training and what training they need (in collaboration with DFO, the Department of Fisheries & Oceans). Assess capacity by province to fulfil industry training needs. In British Columbia only, collaborate with representatives of ‘other on-water marine industry’ sectors (the target group was defined for this study as restricted to: pilotage, ferries, tugs and barges) in order to expand the training needs assessment.

The project also examined the capacity of training provision to meet this estimated requirement.

In the report, you will be able to find key data such as estimated training requirements by certification, estimated provincial totals for fish harvesters (vessel numbers, mariner and fish harvester numbers and certification requirements and other on-water marine industry numbers), conclusions and recommendations. The principal conclusion from this study has to be that the data provided by Transport Canada (and to a lesser extent DFO) are unacceptably poor. The data collected by the two provincial registration boards (PCFHB and BAPAP) is so superior to the data held by the government agencies that it would appear worthwhile financing the formation of similar bodies in the other jurisdictions, and subcontracting data collection and storage to these bodies. Although the project was plagued throughout by numerous data difficulties, the Council is pleased to announce that the report will soon be available to all.