The programme is funded through Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Pacific Integrated Commercial Fishing Initiative (PICFI), which helps to realise First Nations desire to become more involved in the commercial fishing industry.
Since its inception, a total of 97 First Nations have benefitted from contribution funding and commercial access provided through PICFI.
This partnership between the Government of Canada and the commercial fishing industry has produced great results. Here in Vancouver, the BC Seafood Alliance has utilised mutual resources to administer the Fish SAFE Programme.
It has been recognised internationally as a leader in creating a safety culture through education. They have raised the profile of fishing safety on Canada’s west coast through a variety of educational programmes, notably their Stability Education Programme, and by working with partners to develop relevant regulations and policies to improve on board safety.
Specifically, this funding will support Fish SAFE in expanding its boating safety programs to remote communities where upstream terminal area fisheries are located. It will be used to support commercial fishing enterprises by giving them the tools and assistance they need to develop fishing safety programs in their communities. This includes a training needs assessment and delivery of fishing safety education and training programmes.
Ensuring the safety of Canadians on our waters continues to be a priority to the Government of Canada.