Fish Harvester Classification
Apprentice / New Entrant
A new entrant to the industry will enter as an Apprentice Fish Harvester, and must demonstrate a primary commitment to the fishery. Apprentice Fish Harvesters must be sponsored to the industry each year by a certified Professional Fish Harvester who is an owner/operator/skipper. Certification is restricted to the sponsoring fishing enterprise, and is not transferable without the Certification Board's consent.
As a condition of registration with the Board, all Apprentices and New Entrants are required to complete a recognized basic safety course prior to beginning their second fishing season. Harvesters who have completed a Marine Emergency Duties (MED A1 or equivalent) are exempt from the Basic Safety Training requirement.
The Board has developed a 5-day BST course that is delivered throughout the province. This 5-day course includes two days of General Seamanship and Stability, one day of Marine Emergency Duties (MED A3), and two days of Marine Advance First Aid. Harvesters preferring to complete the MED A1 course at Marine Institute will be exempt, but the course MUST be completed prior to beginning their second fishing season
Additionally, all Apprentice Fish Harvesters are encouraged to progress to at least the Professional Fish Harvester Level I category.
Apprentice Fish Harvesters will be granted Professional Fish Harvester Level I status after attaining the following:
- must have a minimum of two years of full-time fishing activity; and
- must earn 55 land-based credits in addition to the five (5) credits for the Basic Safety course required for all new entrants.
- must complete a minimum of an additional three years of full-time fishing activity in addition to the Professional Fish Harvester Level I criteria; and
- must accumulate an 60 land-based credits in addition to the Professional Fish Harvester Level I criteria.