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We can’t anticipate what training requirements may arise in the future so it’s in your best interest to be prepared and register with the board. Fish harvesters may want to take advantage of non-regulatory training programs as well which can have a positive effect on improving knowledge and awareness in the industry.

There is a real need for fish harvesters to consider the future and the recruitment of new participants  to the fishery. They will need training. Providing training will generate a larger pool of trained crew members and potential new entrant licence buyers.

All registered fish harvesters are eligible for a training subsidy. As part of the application process it will be determined what training is needed by individual fish harvesters. This information will be used to develop a training plan for the industry in Nova Scotia and training will be delivered on a first come first serve basis, and would be scheduled based on fishing seasons.

The board will support regulatory (ie Transport Canada) and non –regulatory training as requested by fish harvesters.

The board will support fish harvesters to obtain the necessary training required for their fleet sector and size of vessel they are on. These training requirements are outlined in the Marine Personnel Regulations as issued by Transport Canada.  The board’s role is to help fish harvesters comply with the requirements and promote the necessary training. These training certificates issued by Transport Canada are incorporated into the certification levels.