Crew Safety & Welfare
The welfare and safety of all crewmen working on British fishing vessels is the absolute top priority for the NFFO and our members.
Despite the huge advances in safety technology aboard fishing vessels, it remains an almost uniquely dangerous profession in a modern economy. That's why the NFFO is focused on supporting the industry with improving safety, from education for individual crew members and subsidised personal floatation devices, to helping vessels meet minimum safety guidelines.
One key element of improved safety has been the introduction of mandatory training for crews in the UK. Managed by Seafish and controlled by the Fishing Industry Safety Group (of which the NFFO is a member), the training programme is currently undergoing its greatest reform since its introduction. The upcoming STCW-F training requirements will create a set of training standards that will apply across the world.
More on our commitment to safety can be found here.
The rights and welfare of fishing crews is of equal importance to physical safety. We've developed a policy on crewing issues to help steer our members through the complicated issues related to crew working on UK fishing vessels, which you can read here.
We're also working with the British Government to help ratify and implement the ILO C188 Work in Fishing Convention, which aims to protect fishermen's rights and was developed by the International Labour Organisation, an agency of the United Nations.
As well as this we've started working with Human Rights at Sea, an organisation dedicated to promoting human rights for seafarers and fishermen by providing advice and support on issues related to crew welfare. Unfortunately, the global fishing industry has known problems with the trafficking, exploitation and slavery of seafarers. These cases are prevalent amongst the Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing fleets and something we are working hard to remove from the worldwide fishing trade.