The result of over 20 years of work, training and research within the maritime sector.

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.

Our Initiatives

Our initiatives promote partnership solutions to global health and safety challenges

Services & Training

Courses in Human Factors, Risk & Safety Management and Accident Investigation

Resources

Ensuring our voice is heard through Safety Resources and eLearning material

Meet the Team with experience and passion for improving Health & Safety outcomes in the Fishing Industry.

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Eric Holliday

CEO
Eric is the face behind the FISH Safety Foundation. Following studies in Engineering and Industrial Psychology, he has spent the last 20+ years as a safety professional, both as a manager, and as an independent consultant, specialising in the development and implementation of Safety Management Systems. An accomplished communicator, he’s conducted training workshops and seminars for a wide spectrum of industries – ranging from Off-shore Diamond Mining and Nuclear Power to Rail and Commercial Fishing – in many parts of the world, including New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Canada, as well as in South Africa and Namibia.

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.
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Amy Knighton-Tyree

Project Coordinator
With a background in Human Resources, Amy came to the FISH Safety Foundation with fresh eyes. Originally from the UK, Amy has had a varied career across several industries including airlines and telecommunications. Amy heads up the social media campaign for the Foundation and assists the team with the development of the organisation. She is passionate about technology and how it can be used to make the world a safer place.
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Sam Holliday

Research and Development
Having grown up observing her Dads constant talks of ‘safety at sea,’ the values behind the FISH Safety Foundation have been firmly entrenched within Sam from a young age.

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.
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Marius Jacobs

North American Principal / Trustee
Based in Canada, Marius is a highly respected and experienced speaker, presenter, trainer, coach and facilitator. He specialises in the fields of behaviour and culture change as well as leadership development. Bringing more than 25 years of training and human / organisational development experience to the Foundation, he also has extensive practical work experience in the fields of safety and risk management – qualities that are a great asset to the Foundation. Marius is actively involved in our program design and training initiatives.
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Darren Mitchell  BA, LLB

Principal Advisor / Trustee
Darren is an experienced consultant and trainer in the employment relations and labour law area. He has vast experience advising and assisting his clients on a wide range of issues that can arise in the employment relationship. Darren’s areas of expertise cover a wide range of employment relations and employment law areas. This includes assistance with disciplinary and performance management processes, collective and individual contract negotiations, restructuring, workplace investigations and general advice on a range of employment related matters.
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Peter Williams  BSc, BCom

Technology
A double degree graduate in Computer Science and Information Systems, Peter brings a pragmatic and analytical approach to dealing with technology. Starting his own Technology Business: Apricity Solutions during his university studies, Peter’s entrepreneurial skills have gained him a successful track record of supporting and growing New Zealand businesses. This experience includes user experience design, developing websites, configuring cloud servers and providing IT services. Peter ensures FISH Safety Foundation stays on the cutting edge of technology and all the foundation's technology needs are delivered successfully.