Safety ex­cel­lence in the fish­ing in­dus­try cel­e­brated

Tri-County Vanguard - - NEWS - KATHY JOHN­SON TRICOUNTY VAN­GUARD

Fish­er­men and fish­ing com­pa­nies from the tri-coun­ties were among those rec­og­nized for safety ex­cel­lence in the fish­ery at the first an­nual Splashes of Safety awards din­ner and fundraiser on Sept. 28 at the Westin Nova Sco­tian Ho­tel in Hal­i­fax.

Hosted by the Fish­eries Safety As­so­ci­a­tion of Nova Sco­tia (FSANS), about 160 peo­ple at­tended the event, rep­re­sent­ing a good cross sec­tion of the Nova Sco­tia fish­ing in­dus­try, said Matthew Duffy, safety ad­vi­sor for the FSANS.

Eight awards were pre­sented dur­ing Splashes of Safety.

Shel­burne area fish­er­man Kasey DeMings was the re­cip­i­ent of the Fish­ing Safety Leader Award.

“Over the past year, this in­di­vid­ual has stepped for­ward to help his fel­low fish­er­men by as­sist­ing them with new safety reg­u­la­tions, help­ing cre­ate safety log­books spe­cific to each per­son’s boat. Other ef­forts in­clude go­ing so far as to host his own Man Over­board Drill, with var­i­ous prizes for on­look­ers and par­tic­i­pants, all in with the in­ten­tion of demon­strat­ing to his peers the im­por­tance of prac­tic­ing these drills with their crew,” reads the ci­ta­tion.

Jenny May Fish­eries in Pub­nico was the re­cip­i­ent of one of two In­dus­try Safety Cham­pion awards. The award “is given to a com­pany who has made strong and con­tin­u­ous ef­forts to­wards in­creas­ing safety in the work­place for their em­ploy­ees and peers.”

About Jenny May Fish­eries the award said the com­pany has, “has stepped for­ward by train­ing their own staff to be WHMIS trainer cer­ti­fied in or­der to do in house WHMIS train­ing with all their em­ploy­ees. They have also worked with Fish­eries Safety N.S. to host Man Over­board Drills aboard their ves­sels in which cap­tains, crews and staff all took part.”

Re­cip­i­ent of the Lewis D’En­tremont Me­mo­rial Award was Wedge­port fish­er­man Cory Nick­er­son. The award is “given to an in­di­vid­ual who has demon­strated an on­go­ing com­mit­ment to fish­ing safety ex­cel­lence by con­tin­u­ously pro­mot­ing safety and the use of safety equip­ment to their peers.”

Nick­er­son is cap­tain of the F/V Bev­erly Anne and is a pro­moter of PFD and life jacket use to his peers, said Duffy, adding Nick­er­son can also be seen as a com­mon face in the FSANS pro­mo­tional videos The Sur­vivors and Fish­ing Safety Now.

Named DSS Marine Fish­ing Safety Cham­pion of the Year was Tommy Harper, a safety ad­vi­sor with Comeau Seafoods. “He has worked along­side Fish­eries Safety N.S. since day 1 to help de­velop our Man Over­board Drill,” said Duffy. “He has also been an in­stru­men­tal part of the Are You Ready Team.”

Yar­mouth-based Nova Sco­tia Fish­eries Sec­tor Coun­cil was se­lected as the re­cip­i­ent of the Fish­ing Safety Award of Ex­cel­lence, the high­est fish­ing safety hon­our given to an or­ga­ni­za­tion, part­ner­ship or in­di­vid­ual. The award ci­ta­tion said the Fish­eries Sec­tor Coun­cil team “has demon­strated con­tin­u­ous com­mit­ment to the im­prove­ment of safety in the Nova Sco­tia fish­ing in­dus­try. This or­ga­ni­za­tion is be­ing rec­og­nized for up­hold­ing the very best prac­tices to­wards re­duc­ing fish­ing re­lated work­place in­juries and for fos­ter­ing a safety cul­ture within the in­dus­try.”

Also re­ceiv­ing awards were the Gulf Nova Sco­tia Fleet Plan­ning Board (In­dus­try Safety Cham­pion), Sam­bro fish­er­man Pa­trick Gray (DSS Marine Fish­ing Safety Cham­pion of the Year) and the Nova Sco­tia Truck­ing Safety As­so­ci­a­tion (In­dus­try Part­ner Award).

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