Fishing boats mooring - Vanuatu

Equipping Pacific Fishers with Proper Training for Safe and Sustainable Fishing Practices

As part of the FAO project titled “The project for enhancing livelihoods and food security through nearshore fish aggregating fisheries in the Pacific” GCP/SAP/002/JPN, the FISH Safety Foundation was engaged by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to develop and provide train the trainer, safety at sea training to fisheries and maritime representatives from selected Pacific Island countries.

With the ongoing disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic to international travel, training was successfully held online with the countries of Kiribati, The Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

This intensive virtual training was held over a period of 10 days and covered such topics as:

  • Effective Training Techniques
  • Emergency Preparation
  • Safety Risk Management
  • Safe Operation of Outboard Engines
  • Boat Handling
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Communication at Sea
  • Marine Traffic ‘Rules of the Road’

A Virtual training session held in Tuvalu

The aim of this training programme was to provide training experience for participants in safety at sea issues, with reference to issues and scenarios commonly faced by local small scale fishers. Experience gained, along with training materials could be later be used to implement safety training programmes within fisher communities.

Attendees for this training included maritime and fisheries officers, local fishers, and industry representatives.

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