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For the crew of a fishing vessel, safety must be given top priority. Attention to safety will save lives, protect the vessel from damage, prevent serious injuries, and protect the environment.

The Masters or Operators of all fishing vessels have a duty to continuously train their crews for safety. This handbook provides information on safety on small fishing vessels (under 24 metres), and is intended primarily for vessels where the Master or Operator does not hold a certificate of competency or has limited vocational training.

This safety manual is not a substitute for compliance with the regulations applicable to every vessel. Please consult the regulations for the complete requirements.

Construction and Equipment Standards
Ship Design & Fishing Vessels
Transport Canada, Marine Safety Tower "C" Place de Ville
330 Sparks Street, 11th Floor
Ottawa ON K1A 0N8

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