During the EU Maritime Day, May 2012 in Gothenburg, a number of representatives from the fishing industry expressed the need to achieve more coöperation between countries to ensure continuous improvement of the safety and health of fishers. This led to a first meeting of the Fishing Industry's Safety and Health Platform (FISH Platform) in September 2012 in Riga, Latvia.
The FISH Platform is now the world leading group of experts involved in safety and health in the fishing industry with participants from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States and the UN agency Food and Agriculture Organisation. The platform is open to organizations with an interest in the safety and health of fishermen.
With this site the FISH Platform hopes to contribute to further improvement of the safety and health of fishers on board fishing vessels.
13-01-2023 Next FISH Platform meeting
After a succesful FISH Platform conference in Thailand the participants of the FISH Platform will meet on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 February 2023. The meeting will take place at The Nautical Institute, 200B Lambeth Road, London SE1 7JY, United Kingdom.
It is expected that during the meeting of IMO subcommittee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping 6, from 29 April to 3 May 2019, a working group will be established to continue the work on the comprehensive review of IMO International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel, 1995 (STCW-F).
One of the subjects for the working group will be the content op the Basic Safety Training for All Fishing Vessel Personnel in Chapter III of IMO STCW-F.
The FISH Platform, with multi expertise in training, safety and the fishing process developed a syllabus on the content of IMO STCW-F Basic Safety Training for All Fishing Vessel Personnel. This document could be used as basis for deliberations in IMO HTW on the basic safety training.
Taking into consideration:
there are no guidelines on the content of the IMO STCW-F Basic Safety Training for All Fishing Vessel Personnel;
STCW has guidance on the Basic Training;
STCW does not apply to fishers;
for the content of the STCW Basic Training the application to fishers has not been taken into account;
the specific legislation for fishing vessels and fishers and the specific characteristic of the fishing industry requires specific attention to the content of a basic safety training;
content of the IMO STCW-F Basic Safety Training for All Fishing Vessel Personnel is determined by Member States to the IMO ; and
the standing orders of the IMO require documents officially to be submitted by Member States or recognised NGO’s at IMO before taking these documents into account and available for deliberations in the official meeting of the IMO.
The FISH Platform is of opinion that:
Member States at IMO should take note of the syllabus on this topic composed by the FISH Platform.
Therefore the FISH Platform calls on Member States and NGO’s at IMO to submit the FISH Platform Syllabus on the general objectives for IMO STCW-F Basic Safety Training for All Fishing Vessel Personnel as document for deliberations during IMO HTW 6, 29 April – 3 May 2019.
The Fish Platform position paper on the IMO STCW-F, Chapter III, Basic Safety Training for All Fishing Vessel Personnel can be downloaded here.
The FISH Platform syllabus on the general objectives for IMO STCW-F Basic Safety Training For All Fishing Vessel Personnel van be downloaded here,
The IMO STCW-F Basic Safety Training For All Fishing Vessel Personnel in STCW table lay-out based on the FISH Platform syllabus can be downloaded here.
If you open de website you can select your preferable language underneath the image of the guide.
06-12-2016 Safety Guide for New Fishing Crew presented by Sunderland Marine and The North of England P&I Association
Sunderland Marine and The North of England P&I Association present a new ‘comic’ style loss prevention guide on fishing safety aimed at new joiners.
It is aimed at those new to the industry and is designed to supplement the training a new crew member should receive when joining a fishing vessel for the first time. Reading the book prior to joining could better prepare them and guide them on what questions to ask and what to look for when on board. The guide is not focused at any particular geographical area or type of fishing vessel. It aims to be as general as possible in order to make it relevant to the highest number of fishers.
It is free to download from Sunderland Marine’s website by clicking on the image or at
30-11-2016 CHIRP Maritime Feedback 45
The FISH Platform promotes the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) for the Maritime Industry, including the fishing industry.
In November 2016 CHIRP Maritime Feedback 45 was published with items as:
You can download Maritime Feedback 45 here.
Maritime Feedback is also available as an app.
It is available for both Apple and Android products and contains the latest Issues of all CHIRP FEEDBACK.
When a new edition is published, the system will broadcast a notification message. To avoid nuisance messages, the notification for e.g. GA FEEDBACK will only be sent to those readers who last viewed GA FEEDBACK via the App.
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More information on CHIRP, other editions of Maritime Feedback or a link to the CHIRP app can be found on www.chirp.co.uk
08-09-2016 FISH Platform Syllabus on IMO STCW-F Basic Safety Training for All Fishing Vessel Personell
The IMO STCF-F code states in chapter 3 Basic Safety Training for all fishing vessel personnel, Regulation 1, section 1:
Fishing Vessel personnel shall, before being assigned to any shipboard duties, receive basic
training approved by the Administration in the following areas:
The FISH Platform was aware there was no guidance on the content of the STCW-F Basic Safety Training for All Fishing Vessel Personell. For this reason the FISH Platform develloped a Syllabus on IMO STCW-F Basic Safety Training for All Fishing Vessel Personell. This syllabus provides content to the modules mentioned in the STCW-F as described above and helps to create a level playing field concerning the Basic Safety training for All Fishing Vessel Personell.
You can download the Syllabus on IMO STCW-F Basic Safety Training for All Fishing Vessel Personell at the Library page or by clicking here.