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.

Crew Safety & Welfare

Crew safety

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.

Crew welfare

The rights and welfare of fishing crews is of equal importance to physical safety. As the ILO C188 Work in Fishing Convention gets closer we are delivering support and guidance to Owners, Skippers and Crews through the free 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 are 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.