The International Maritime Organization has noted that the fishing industry is one of the world's most dangerous occupations. In 2006, 68% of all Search and Rescue incidents in Newfoundland waters were in response to distress signals from fishers. During that year the fishing industry also experienced 14 fatalities. In late February 2007, CCFI coordinated a Fisheries Vessel Safety Workshop in Gander that was attended by major stakeholders in the Newfoundland and Labrador fishing industry. One of the key recommendations of this workshop was that a DVD be completed to promote safe practices in the fishing industry. Following this recommendation, CCFI developed a proposal to engage the services of School of Fisheries of the Marine Institute and DELT of Memorial University to produce the DVD on safety at sea.
Topics will include: Occupational Health and Safety, Marine Emergency Preparedness, Safety and Seamanship, and Safety and Vessel Stability.