ABOUT THE NL-FHSA

 

The Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA) Incorporated is a not-for-profit organization without capital share. The association was incorporated in 2011 and became operational in 2012 to address workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in one of the world's most dangerous occupations—commercial fishing. It is industry-driven, leading the promotion of safety education and awareness initiatives in the fish harvesting industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. The overall goal of the NL-FHSA is to improve the health and safety of fish harvesters and to save lives at sea. There is nothing more important to fish harvesters than returning home safely to their loved ones, their friends, and their communities.

MANDATE

To help reach the goal of reducing the human and financial costs of workplace incidents, injuries, and fatalities in the fish harvesting industry, the NL-FHSA has a mandate to:

  • Lead the fish harvesting sector in the promotion and development of a positive industry-wide safety culture
     

  • Create added value for harvesters through the identification and coordination of timely, accessible, affordable, and relevant safety education and resources
     

  • Promote best practices for safety on board fishing vessels through education and awareness initiatives
     

  • Support and promote research on fishing industry safety
     

  • Provide advice to the provincial and federal levels of government on health and safety issues in the fishing industry

VISION

The vision of the NL-FHSA is a fish harvesting industry in which the necessary skills, knowledge, technology, commitment, and support, enable professional fish harvesters to work and return home safely and successfully without injury, illness, or fatality.

 

MISSION

The NL-FHSA leads the fish harvesting sector in the promotion and development of a positive industry-wide safety culture and creates added value for members through the certification and coordination of relevant, accessible, timely, and cost-effective safety education and resources.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The NL-FHSA consists of 15 board members whose appointments are recommended by their stakeholder groups.

Four members of the board are ex-officio members.

CHAIRPERSON 

David Decker

Fish Food and Allied Workers Union/Unifor

(FFAW-Unifor)

VICE CHAIR

Mark Dolomount

Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board

(PFHCB)

CREW MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE

Vacant

65' Vessels and Above

CREW MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE

Mike Noonan

Vessels Over 40' and Under 65'

CREW MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE

Nancy Bowers

Vessels Under 40'

INDIGENOUS FISHERS

Brian Dicks

Qalipu First Nation

OWNER/OPERATOR REPRESENTATIVE

Wade Short

65' Vessels and Above

OWNER/OPERATOR REPRESENTATIVE

Ivan Lear

Vessels Over 40' and Under 65'

OWNER/OPERATOR REPRESENTATIVE

Jack Greenham

Vessels Under 40'

PROCESSING SECTOR

Karen Decker (1)

Fogo Island Cooperative Limited

Vacant (2)

EX OFFICIO MEMBERS

Andrew Pike

Sector Advisor, Newfoundland and Labrador Employers' Council

Bill Hynd

Sector Advisor, Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour

 

Charles Coady

WorkplaceNL

Derrick Lockyer

Department of Fisheries, Forestry, and Agriculture

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

In addition to the Board of Directors, the NL-FHSA is supported by an Advisory Committee whose members represent a number of government agencies at the federal and provincial levels, as well as non-governmental stakeholders. The Advisory Committee plays an important role in the governance of fishing safety as its members provide observations and feedback about health and safety issues in the industry as well as recommendations for the promotion of best practices regarding safety on board fishing vessels.

 

​FISH, FOOD, AND ALLIED WORKERS

Dave Decker

PROFESSIONAL FISH HARVESTERS CERTIFICATION BOARD

Mark Dolomount

TRANSPORT CANADA

Clement Murphy

CANADIAN COAST GUARD

Mark Gould

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY DIVISION, DEPARTMENT OF DIGITAL GOVERNMENT & SERVICE NL

Denis Martin

SAFETYNET

Barb Neis

WORKPLACENL

Charles Coady

TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD OF CANADA

Jason Melvin

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR EMPLOYERS' COUNCIL

Andrew Pike

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR FEDERATION OF LABOUR

Bill Hynd

MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY - MARINE INSTITUTE

Dr. Robert Brown

DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES AND OCEANS (CANADA)

Vacant