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Classification System for Professional Fish Harvesters

 

  1.  Fish harvesters will be classified by the Board under one of three categories.
         These categories are:
         Apprentice Fish Harvester;
         Professional Fish Harvester Level I; and,
         Professional Fish Harvester Level II.

     

  2. A professional fish harvester can advance from Apprentice Fish Harvester to Professional Fish Harvester Level I, and from Professional Fish Harvester Level I to Professional Fish Harvester Level II.
     

  3. All new entrants will enter the harvesting sector as an Apprentice Fish Harvester and must meet the general certification/renewal criteria and the additional criteria for eligibility for certification as an Apprentice Fish Harvester. The additional criteria for eligibility for certification are: 

      a. an Apprentice Fish Harvester must be sponsored by a registered professional owner/operator or a registered       professional skipper on a designated fishing enterprise; and,​​

b. Apprentice Fish Harvesters will be required to complete a basic safety course (MED A1, MED A3 or equivalent). The safety course requirement must be fulfilled at the earliest opportunity and no later than by the commencement of the Apprentice Fish Harvester's second year of fishing.

     4.  When Apprentice Fish Harvesters are able to demonstrate that they meet the general certification/renewal

criteria as defined in Section 1 (a), (b) and (c) and the additional criteria for category progression, they may be certified as a Professional Fish Harvester Level I. The additional criteria for progression are:
 

a. 60 land-based education credits (minimum 5 credits in Basic Safety); and

b. 2 years of full-time fishing activity on a Newfoundland and Labrador based fishing enterprise: and,

c. be a provincial resident of Newfoundland and Labrador during all years of qualifying full-time fishing activity.

     5.  When Professional Fish Harvesters Level I are able to demonstrate that they meet the general

certification/renewal criteria as defined in Section 1 (a), (b) and (c) and the additional criteria for category progression, they may be certified as a Professional Fish Harvester Level II. The additional criteria for progression are:


a. 60 additional land-based education credits (minimum 10 credits in Navigation); and,


b. 3 additional years of full-time fishing activity.

 

c. be a provincial resident of Newfoundland and Labrador during the most recent 2 years of qualifying full-time 

     fishing activity.

 

      6. The term "full-time fishing activity" means the fishing activity of a fish harvester who fishes on a commercial

basis for the entire fishing season. The term "fishing season" generally means the period from May 1st until October 1st in each year. However the Board recognizes that the fishing season can vary from region to region and from fishery to fishery and the Board may adjust the fishing season accordingly, where possible with the agreement of local or regional fish harvester committees.

      7. All credit courses relied upon for the purpose of category progression must be approved by the Board. The

Board may also provide credit for courses completed in other marine related fields, or consider acceptable course combinations. A list of Board accredited training programs is referenced in the attached Appendix A.