FISH Safety Foundation
The FISH Safety Foundation is the result of over 20 years of work, training and research within the maritime sector. As a Registered Charitable Trust, our sole focus is directed towards improving health and safety outcomes in Fishing.
The Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation engaged in safety promotion, research, advocacy, education, lobbying and publishing services. We are dedicated to improving health & safety standards in the global Fishing Industry – an industry recognised as the most hazardous in the World.
When we talk of safety, we mean safety from work-related physical harm or death, safety from preventable illness and disease, and safety from exploitation – very simply, safety from the abuse of basic human rights, whatever form that takes.
Despite the increasing focus on safety over recent years, there has been– until now- a lack of coordinated effort in safety promotion within the fishing industry on an international level. By acting as an Industry voice, the FISH Safety Foundation allows for a synergistic approach to combating industry statistics.
Objectives & Purpose
- Promoting a culture of Safety within all aspects of fishing.
- Undertaking focussed research in an effort to provide practical and useable knowledge.
- Keeping the community informed with the latest news, developments, guidelines and protocols.
- Providing Health and Safety training and consultancy services, with practical help, advice and support.
- Encouraging the discussion of views, experiences, and procedures between everyone within the community in an effort to develop best practice protocols.
Meet the Team with experience and passion for improving Health & Safety outcomes in the Fishing Industry.
He is also recognised as a pragmatic Human Factors specialist, in particular, focussing on safety culture promotion, risk-taking behaviour, and the risk / human interface. He regularly presents papers at conferences in these disciplines. Eric has been active in the maritime industry since 1993, having established the Maritime Division of an international safety consultancy group before starting Pro-Safe Marine in 1997, and has been involved in the development of Codes of Practice, fatal accident investigation and a full range of training and consultancy services to the Industry. Aware of the urgent need for safety improvements within the Industry, much of his effort and time has been directed towards Commercial Fishing. Through years of work, research and investigations, he has developed the crewSAFE Safety Management System. Eric has now turned his attention to further developing and promoting the FISH Safety Foundation.
After completing studies in Exercise Science, Sam got hit by the travel bug and began working as a personal trainer on a cruise ship based in Puerto Rico. It was here that she realised that she did in fact, share her father’s love of the ocean. Unfortunately her adventures where cut short when she suffered an injury and returned home to New Zealand, and began working in the Natural Health sector. The next few years were spent developing her management and administration skills, and continuing her studies into health and wellness, this time with a holistic focus.
Now, after a short hiatus to have children, Sam has joined forces with Eric to allow for the further development of the Foundation. She directs her knowledge towards new industry specific research – in an effort to promote a better understanding of the long term effects of life at sea. Sam lives on the Kapiti Coast, New Zealand with her partner and two young sons, Max and Zac.