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Fishing induction course launched

12 October 2011

The Jersey Fishermen's Association, with the support of the States of Jersey, are running a fishing induction programme to enable locally qualified jobseekers to choose a career in fishing.

A free information session for anyone who wants to find out more about the induction programme is being held on Tuesday 18 October at 5 pm at the St Helier Yacht Club, South Pier, St Helier.

The 2 week induction programme will be delivered in Jersey by a specialist trainer - Sea Fish Training UK Ltd and will start on Monday 7 November. It will include information on fishing techniques, catch handling, equipment maintenance, rope work, navigation and boat handling. It will also cover several mandatory sessions such as fire fighting, sea survival and first aid. The course is open to any job seeker with 5 years residency and successful completion of the course will result in a legally required qualification that enables holders to work throughout the UK.

Don Thompson of the Jersey Fishermen's Association said that strong demand for Jersey’s high quality marine produce meant that the fishing industry could provide varied and rewarding careers. "Fishing is a genuine long-term career choice that provides a great sense of camaraderie, interesting and challenging opportunities and an outdoor lifestyle. Being a professional fisherman can be very rewarding and this induction scheme will provide individuals with the skills required to work in the industry and an opportunity to find out what it is really like."

Assistant Minister for Economic Development Len Norman said: “the States of Jersey is very conscious of the difficulties of recruiting crew locally and is pleased to be able to support local industry in this effort to train unemployed locals.”

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