2022 Workshops

Ha’oom Fisheries Society is offering several workshops for Five Nations fishers this year. We encourage all fishers to take advantage of these opportunities. Please let us know if there are other workshops you would like to see. Click on an image below to go directly to that workshop or scroll down to see all of the opportunities.

FISH HANDLING, QUALITY, AND PROCESSING

Good fish handling and processing practices are critical to reduce post-harvest losses and to make more from the fish you catch.

SAFETY TRAINING

The risks associated with fishing are reduced when a crew is well-trained and operates a vessel that is maintained and equipped with the appropriate safety accessories.

BOAT MAINTENANCE

Five Nations fishers invest lots of money in their boats. Learning basic boat maintenance practices can avoid costly repairs and keep your boat running well for many years.

Fish Handling, Quality, and Processing Workshop

Good fish handling and processing practices are critical to reduce post-harvest losses and to make more from the fish you catch.

This workshop, through demonstration and practical applications, will show the best practices for fish handling and processing, hygiene and sanitation practices, and identify simple ways to improve fish handling, hygiene and sanitation, and make better use of existing and future facilities and services.

Where: The workshop will be organized in each of the Five Nations: Tla-o-qui-aht (Tofino), Ahousaht, Hesquiaht (Hot Springs Cove), Ehattesaht/Chinehkint (Zeballos), and Mowachaht/Muchalaht (Gold River).

When: May, 2022

Who can attend: This workshop is open to all Five Nations fishers, as well as to all members from the Five Nations who would like to learn about fish handling and processing practices.

How much: This workshop is free!

If you are interested in this workshop, please register using the form below. The registration period will be open from January 18th to April 20th, 2022.

SAFETY TRAINING

Every year, the same safety deficiencies on board fishing vessels continue to put at risk the lives of thousands of fish harvesters in Canada and the livelihoods of their families and communities. The risks are reduced when a crew is well-trained and operates a vessel that is maintained and equipped with the appropriate safety accessories.

This 3-day program will have 3 main components: board safety procedures, vessel basic stability, and cold water survival.

On the first day, the workshop will cover vessel basic stability in the morning and vessel basic safety and cold water survival in the afternoon. In the morning, the workshop will focus on teaching the fundamentals of vessel stability and how to minimize vessels stability threats. Lots of hands on demonstrations are included with this workshop. In the afternoon, the workshop will focus on safety and on the different ways to maximize chances of survival in cold water. The three phases of cold water immersion will be described along the aspects of hypothermia and techniques of how to delay it, self-rescue and calling for help.

On the second and third day, the program will provide the owner and crew of a fishing vessel all the tools needed to ensure they are safe at sea and also that they are prepared in an emergency. This program will take place on the vessel and training is provided by fishermen Safety Advisors who will help organize the crews’ on board safety procedures as well as help understand how to use all the safety equipment on the vessel and then help put together an emergency plan in the event of an emergency at sea. The program will also see the crew practice this plan in the form of emergency drills all done on the vessel.

The 3-day program will be delivered by three crew members from Fish Safe BC. Fish Safe is a commercial fishing industry driven safety program. All the crew are experienced and qualified commercial fishermen who understand the unique working conditions commercial fishermen encounter day in and day out.

Where: The workshop will be organized in each of the Five Nations: Tla-o-qui-aht (Tofino), Ahousaht, Hesquiaht (Hot Springs Cove), Ehattesaht/Chinehkint (Zeballos), and Mowachaht/Muchalaht (Gold River).

When: June, 2022

Who can attend: This workshop is open to all registered Five Nations fishers.

How much: This program is free!

If you are interested in this workshop, please register using the form below. The registration period will be open from January 25th to April 20th, 2022.

BOAT MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP

Five Nations fishers invest lots of money in their boats. Learning basic boat maintenance practices can avoid costly repairs and keep your boat running well for many years.

This workshop will demonstrate how to carry out basic DIY maintenance, servicing, and winterising. Also covered will be the most common causes of breakdowns at sea, how to avoid them, and what emergency items to take onboard in the event of breakdown. This workshop will be hands on – on your boat.

Where: The workshop will be organized in each of the Five Nations: Tla-o-qui-aht (Tofino), Ahousaht, Hesquiaht (Hot Springs Cove), Ehattesaht/Chinehkint (Zeballos), and Mowachaht/Muchalaht (Gold River).

When: To be announced.

Who can attend: This workshop is open to all registered Five Nations fishers. The training is aimed for fishers with little mechanical knowledge but with an interest in taking a more active part in the upkeep of their engines.

How much: This program is free!

If you are interested in this workshop, please register using the form below. The registration period will be open from January 25th to April 20th, 2022.