Ports of sailing
Commercial fishing vessels in Atlantic Canada operate from
the multitude of small and large ports. Javitech Atlantic deploys Observers
throughout the 4 Atlantic provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward
Island and Newfoundland & Labrador) in addition to Quebec.
Work at sea
Fisheries Observers work aboard commercial
vessels. Working conditions vary greatly
depending on the size of the vessel, which can range from less than 40 feet to
over 200 feet in length. Weather
conditions are often cold and damp.
Observers often work on open decks of smaller vessels or in the
processing areas of larger factory freezer vessels. Sampling often requires vigorous physical
activity to collect, measure and record biological data. Fisheries Observers are most often deployed
alone to a vessel to work independently from the crew in a monitoring
capacity. Trip durations for newer
Observers typically vary from several hours to a week. More experienced Observers are offered longer
deployments that can last from well over a week to in excess of a month.