The federal government will fund Fish Safe BC with $900,000 over three years to expand a safety education program based in British Columbia and promote safe boating practices onboard small commercial fishing vessels.

The program will use fishermen to train other fishermen about relevant regulatory requirements and how to make safety an integral part of their commercial fishing business.

It will also provide fishermen with tools and knowledge needed to create their own documented vessel-specific safety management systems.

Commercial fishing is recognized by the International Maritime Organization as one of the most dangerous occupations in the world.

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