Mike Cohen – NFFO Chairman - Personal remarks to the NFFO AGM, held this year in London in Fishmongers Hall
In just a few minutes I cease not only to be the Chairman of the NFFO, but also - for the time being,…
The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) has reinforced its commitment to individual safety and reducing accidents at sea with the appointment of Robert Greenwood as Safety and Training Officer.
Appointed to help supply a safety culture within the fishing industry, Robert will be responsible for liaising closely with the NFFO’s partner organisations such as the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Department of Transport to ensure new safety legislation is practical for those working at sea. Originally from a fishing family in Selsey, Robert joins the federation following 14 years as a sea safety instructor at industry authority, Seafish.
On his appointment, Robert commented: “Working in the fishing industry is still ranked as one of the most dangerous professions in the UK with almost 3,500 accidents having occurred on UK fishing vessels in the last ten years, resulting in the loss of 94 lives. From my first hand experience of life on a fishing boat, I am keen to work with the industry to marry safety regulations with the practical implications and work together with individuals to help save lives at sea”
National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, Chief Executive, Barrie Deas, said “Safety is a key priority to the federation and the industry as a whole. With Robert’s appointment we are hopeful to continue leading the way in safety at sea and encourage people to take ownership of their own safety in terms of both training and equipment.”
Robert’s appointment follows the retirement of former Safety and Training Officer Jim Hudson who worked with the NFFO for almost ten years and will still continue to support the organisation’s safety team.
The NFFO has embarked on a number of initiatives to promote further safety at sea and last year partnered with the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), the European Fisheries Fund (EFF), the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) to provide 6,000 subsidised personal floatation devices to British fishermen to help cut man overboard deaths.
For more information visit http://www.nffo.org.uk/ or follow Robert’s new Twitter profile @NFFO_Safety