Commercial fishing initiatives help keep workers safe and employers informed of their responsibilities.

Fish Safe Advisory Committee

The Fish Safe Advisory Committee meets about four times a year. It's a forum dedicated to discussing fishing safety. The committee includes industry representatives and regulatory agencies involved in fishing. Fishermen, fishing companies, naval architects, marine educators, marine insurers, fishing organizations, and regulatory agencies also regularly attend. A range of issues is usually discussed, such as health and safety, compensation, and assessments.

The Advisory Committee is co-chaired by Kim Olsen, UFAWU-CAW, and Ryan Ford, the Fish Safe program manager. Industry members interested in participating should contact Fish Safe at 604.261.9700 for more information and the meeting schedule.

Fish Safe

WorkSafeBC funds the BC Seafood Alliance's Fish Safe Program by allocating funds through additional assessments applied to the fishing industry classifications.

On behalf of the fishing industry, Fish Safe coordinates and develops safety tools and programs for fishermen by:

  • Advocating for health and safety within the fishing industry
  • Coordinating industry advice to regulatory agencies on health and safety issues and regulations
  • Developing training tools for fishermen
  • Monitoring and communicating accident patterns
  • Improving safety awareness and procedures on-board vessels
  • Coordinating the Fish Safe Advisory Committee, as well as courses and workshops on safety

Tools are developed by fishermen for fishermen with the purpose of reducing injuries and fatalities.

For more information contact:

Fish Safe
100–12051 Horseshoe Way
Richmond, BC V7A 4V4
Phone: 604.261.9700 | Fax: 604.275.7140

MOU between WorkSafeBC and the Fisheries and Oceans Canada

This memorandum of understanding (MOU) governs administration and enforcement of occupational health and safety regulations for commercial fishing vessels. Read the full MOU document.

MOU between WorkSafeBC and Transport Canada

This memorandum of understanding (MOU) considers jurisdictional authorities and responsibilities. Read the full MOU document.