Deadline extension for commercial fishermen to attend free safety training

19 March 2018

England's funding deadline extended until 30th June 2018 and Scotland's funding deadline extended until 1st September 2018

Seafish is appealing to commercial fishermen in England and Scotland to sign up for free safety training following an extension to funding deadlines. This move is welcomed by Seafish, who has seen a steep rise in the number of fishermen applying for funding ahead of the original 31 March 2018 cut-off point.

Fishing is one of the country's most dangerous professions with a fatality rate 175 times higher than the UK industry average. The risk of injury or death on the job can be reduced through continued safety training which is currently being delivered by Seafish's network of Approved Training Providers at zero cost to fishermen.

The funding is available to all commercial fishermen who are fully compliant with Basic Safety Training regulations and can be used to attend a wide range of locally held safety courses. Fishermen in England can now take advantage of the funding until 30th June 2018, with Scottish fishermen having an opportunity to train for free until 1st September 2018.

Simon Potten, Head of Safety and Training at Seafish, said: "Seafish Approved Training providers have seen a marked increase in the number of fishermen who are taking this opportunity to attend a training course before the funding runs out. These extensions will allow anyone who has been thinking about training but not got around to booking a course, to do so today.

"I'd encourage all fishermen to take advantage of this funding whilst they have the chance. Whether you want to refresh your training or upskill, there's a range of eligible courses including refresher training, stability, navigation and radio operations."

Seafish's Approved Training Providers throughout the UK are offering a range of eligible courses from now until the new deadline dates. To find your local training provider, or to apply for funding, visit

The current funding is provided by the EMFF and MCA.