This work programme will improve fishing safety by increasing workforce skills and knowledge through training and encouraging the adoption of safer working practices. This will be achieved by working closely with partners in the Fishing Industry Safety Group and by working with colleagues on safety promotions.
By extending our training course portfolio into care of the catch, sustainability and environmental awareness, this work programme will complement our work on RFS and help to reassure stakeholders with regard to quality and responsibility.
This work programme will provide fishermen with access to the training and information they need to work in the fishing (and other maritime) industry, adopting safer working practices.
This programme supports delivery of our strategic outcome, a trusted and resilient seafood industry, by providing fishermen with access to the skills and knowledge they need to work safely.
Improved worker safety is a key indicator for ethics and welfare in relation to the industry’s workforce and reputation as an employer. Regulation requires all fishermen to complete Seafish basic safety training. This work programme encompasses our delivery of that statutory function, but also includes encouraging fishermen to undertake additional, enhanced voluntary training. This aims to increase their safety awareness, knowledge and skills above the minimum legal requirements.
This programme’s primary objective is to help achieve a continued reduction in the number (and rate) of accidents, fatalities and injuries to fishermen - through improved training and safer working practices.
To increase the efficiency of our work, we will research (and if feasible develop and implement) a new digital system for fishermen’s training records. This will also assist fishermen in evidencing to potential employers, the MCA and Responsible Fishing Scheme auditors the training that they have completed.