Safety Issues Investigation into
 Fishing Safety in Canada


Since 1992, the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has made 42 recommendations concerning fishing safety, and despite efforts by the fishing community, many of the causes of fishing accidents today are the same as those identified by the TSB two decades ago. From 1999 to 2008, more than 13 people on average had died in fishing accidents each year.

In 2009, the TSB began a broad safety issues investigation into accidents involving commercial fishing vessels in Canada. Investigators consulted over 300 fishermen, industry representatives and government agencies across the country. The TSB also reviewed its own research, as well as that of other institutions in Canada and abroad.

The study identified 10 key issues:

  • Stability
  • Fisheries resource management
  • Lifesaving appliances
  • The regulatory approach
  • Training
  • Safety information
  • The cost of safety
  • Fatigue
  • Fishing industry statistics
  • Safe work practices

The investigation reveals the complex relationships and interdependencies among issues. Real and lasting improvement in fishing safety can come only from acknowledging the interaction among safety issues and from addressing the issues in a coordinated way rather than on an issue-by-issue basis, as has been done until now.


Safety Issues Investigation into Fishing Safety in Canada


TSB Safety Issues Investigation: Fishing Safety

Watch Investigator-in-Charge Glenn Budden as he explains the main points of the investigation.

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Safety booklet


The booklet Fishing Safety - Working Together summarizes the 10 fishing safety issues highlighted in the Safety Issues Investigation into Fishing Safety in Canada. It is freely available for printing and redistribution.

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28 June 2012—Transportation Safety Board targets 10 areas to improve fishing safety

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