Clarence River trawlers moored at the Yamba Marina.
Clarence River trawlers moored at the Yamba Marina. Debrah Novak

Free safety workshops for fishing vessels

THE Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is hosting free workshops across NSW to assist commercial fishing vessel owners to understand future regulatory changes.

Vessel owners will be guided by staff from AMSA, Roads and Maritime NSW and the Professional Fishermen's Association to develop safety management systems.

The workshops are designed to help operators identify and manage risks with the operation of a domestic commercial vessel. Operators will learn how to develop a simple but effective safety management system that is compliant with new standards.

AMSA general manager domestic vessels Mal Larsen said the workshops will provide vessel operators and their crews with the information they need to create a safety management system that works for their vessel and their business.

"We can help operators understand what's required of them under the national standard for commercial vessels and help create a safety management system in a no-nonsense way," Mr Larsen said.

"The workshops are a great opportunity for fishing vessel owners to work together and share knowledge in an informal setting, with support from AMSA, RMS and the Professional Fishermen's Association."

AMSA is working closely with operators in the domestic commercial vessel industry to enhance marine safety.

A workshop will be held tomorrow at Yamba Bowling Club, 44 Wooli St, Yamba from 9am-2pm.



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