Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani met with coastal MPs in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday (11 July 2018) to discuss how the fishing industry can improve safety for its workers.
Representatives from the Fishing Industry Safety Group (FISG), Seafish and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency also attended the roundtable event.
Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani commented:
Fishing remains one of the most dangerous industries in the UK, with 43 people sadly losing their lives since 2012.
A lot of work has already been done to encourage fishermen to be safer at sea and last year we saw the fewest fishing vessels lost ever, but more can be done.
This meeting was very positive, with MPs promising to further promote the use of personal locator beacons by fishermen in their constituencies.
The new safety management code aims to improve onboard safety by addressing the day-to-day risks that fishing involves.
Much has already been done in recent years to help the fishing industry become safer, including the provision of free personal flotation devices to fishermen, free training courses for the industry and new codes of practice and guidance to help avoid crew going overboard.
The Fishing Industry Safety Group has also developed a strategy to eliminate preventable deaths by 2027.
In addition, the FISG will promote the use of the Safety management system to improve onboard safety, continue to encourage the use of funding for personal locator beacons and electronic position indicating radio beacons and develop stability standards for small fishing vessels.
It is hoped that this combined focus from key organisations with an interest in fishing safety and from MPs of coastal constituencies will make a real difference to the safety of fishermen at sea.
Aviation and maritime media enquiries
Media enquiries 020 7944 3021
Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292
Write a Comment
Ministerial Departmental News
- PM's Office, 10 Downing Street
- Cabinet Office
- Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
- Department for Communities and Local Government
- Department for Culture, Media and Sport
- Department for Education
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- Department for International Development
- Department for Transport
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Department of Energy and Climate Change
- Department of Health
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- HM Treasury
- Home Office
- Ministry of Defence
- Ministry of Justice
- Northern Ireland Office
- Scotland Office
- Wales Office
- See all departments