More safety equipment required by July

Fisher groups seeking slowdown in implementation of new Transport Canada requirements

Published on January 10, 2017

Lobster fishing

O’LEARY – The managing director of the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association told the annual meeting of the Prince County Fishermen’s Association Monday of a concerted effort to slow the implementation of new Transport Canada regulations.

The regulations, which will require practically all Prince Edward Island fishing vessels to be equipped with an Emergency Position Indicating Radiobeacon (EPIRB), immersion suits and a life raft, were actually introduced last July and are scheduled to be enforced by July, 2017.

“We’re lobbying hard to try to get it changed or slowed down,” Ian MacPherson advised.

Fishermen suggested the time line is unreasonable, arguing it does not allow enough time for manufacturers to supply enough of the safety equipment to satisfy requirements.