The Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters (CCPFH) conducted a study with active participation from fish harvesters and CCPFH member associations, certification boards, fishery schools, safety associations, Transport Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The Transport Canada Training Needs Assessment was completed in response to the progressive extensions to regulation stemming from the Canada Shipping Act (2001).
The study examines the over 50,000 national fish harvester workforce as well as the entire British Columbia on-water marine industry and the complex certification requirements of the industry.
The assessment studies the extent of compliance of fish harvesters for certificates as well as estimating training capacities from training institutions based on present and future industry needs for each province.
With the study complete the CCPFH is now releasing the results of the assessment.