SFF Inshore Fisheries

Fishing Industry Safety Group (FISG) has two main groups, the Technical and Operations group and the Safety and Communications group. The groups meet several times per year at different venues around the country and are made of fishermen’s representatives from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and a selection of key people from the MCA.

The Technical and Operations sub-group looks at operational matters in the fishing industry causing incidents. The figures on the incidents are provided by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB). Industry then co-operates with the MCA to find ways to reduce these incidents. Some of the subjects currently being discussed are:

  • Lifting regulations
  • Stability for small fishing vessels
  • Potting related deaths and accidents
  • Health and safety issues

This group was established many years ago to bring together fishing industry representatives and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to consider ways to improve fishermen’s safety.

The Safety and Communications sub-group has two main focuses. The first looks for ways to improve how safety messages are passed on to fishermen while the second considers data collected by the MAIB and tries to target fishermen’s training with new material to combat accidents and incidents.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency issues guidance to fishermen in the form of M Notices. The link below directs you the MCA website page leading to a list of current notices. Please note that notices relevant to the fishing industry carry the suffix (F).

For current MCA consultations please see the following link: