people smiling while wearing a PFD on a fishing boat

Yes – this board is new as a result of merging together the Maritimes and Gulf region of Nova Scotia in order to form one board under the Fish Harvesters Registration and Certification Act of Nova Scotia. This group has been working on “professionalization” in the Province of Nova Scotia. The concept of what this group is doing is not new. The move towards having a professionalization program in place has been going on since the early 90’s.

The main objective is to use the money to offset training costs for fishermen. A percentage will also be used for administration of the registration, certification and training system.

When fish harvesters register with the board it gives them the opportunity to be part of an organization that will focus their efforts on training for the industry. This will allow for subsidized training for fishermen and a voice in future training development. The registration fee paid will now stay in Nova Scotia and will help fish harvesters. The board will be a one-stop shop for harvesters to access supports/industry resources/information on training and certification requirements. They will also offer electronic storage for individual certificates.