COVID-19 Safe Work Practices On A Fishing Vessel
How to operate a safe, commercial fishery when global pandemic continues remains a complex challenge.
We know more about the virus now than we did in 2020, however, the best way to prevent and slow down the transmission of COVID-19 and its variants remains to be fully vaccinated, informed, and using protective equipment, such as N95 masks, to mitigate transmission.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA) has carried out research in partnership with the FFAW-Unifor, the Professional Fish Harvester Certification Board (PFHCB), and in collaboration with other fish harvesting safety associations across the country to determine best practices for fish harvesters on a vessel, and it is challenging to develop safe work practices that can be applied to all fishing vessels.
The Communicable Disease Briefing COVID-19 Safe Work Practice has been developed as a guideline for fish harvesters to use to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on a vessel and amongst crew. It is important to note however, that given the limited space on board most small fish vessels, if any person on board the vessel has COVID-19, it will be difficult to contain transmission of the virus to the rest of the crew.
We know that not all vessels will feel it feasible to implement every best practice within this document. It is the intention that harvesters will apply what they can from this document to ensure the safest work environment possible for themselves and their fellow crew members.