No matter the industry, everyone deserves to be safe at work and every family deserves their loved-ones to come home unharmed. 

SIA is working actively to promote safe working practices in the Australian seafood industry and is a member of the Seafood Industry Safety Initiative (SISI), and supports the FRDC’s Marine Safety and Welfare Initiative which aims for zero deaths, a significant reduction in injuries and 100 per cent compliance with safety regulations. 

In December 2018, SIA launched the Parliamentary Friends of the Australian Seafood Industry at the Australian Parliament House in Canberra. The event focused on safety and included a presentation from SeSAFE’s Steve Eayrs. 

SIA is a partner of the SeSAFE project, a joint industry-government initiative, designed to raise awareness and improve safety for Australia’s commercial fishers and aquaculturalists.

Commencing in 2018, SeSAFE has been developed by industry, for industry and is a series of online, pre-sea training modules. These brief video modules have been developed for both new and experienced crew. More than 40 modules are now available, including modules specific to the prawn and rock lobster fisheries.

“SeSAFE is a great general introduction to safety at sea. It makes me feel confident in the crew and their ability to respond to a safety risk or hazard. Crew like having SeSAFE training done and dusted at home, before they come to the boat at the beginning of the season,” Phil ‘Casper’ Patten Austfish fleet safety manager said. 

SIA supports Fishsafe Australia, a one-stop shop for industry to access health and safety resources. This includes providing no-cost assistance to fishers to develop, maintain, and improve their Safety Management System, and to learn about new safety equipment.

Fishsafe also provides information about incident reporting requirements as well as serious incident summaries.

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