The Professional Fish Harvesters Act (the Act), assented to June 18, 1996, provided for the establishment of the Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board (PFHCB) in 1997, a Category 3 government entity under the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. The PFHCB is a non-profit organization, created by and operating for the benefit of all Newfoundland and Labrador fish harvesters. The objectives of the PFHCB are to promote the interest of fish harvesters as a professional group; to operate and maintain a fish harvester registration system; to develop, evaluate and recommend courses under the professionalization program; to be responsible for defining the standards for professionalization; to issue certificates of accreditation to qualifying fish harvesters; to provide an independent appeals procedure for fish harvesters; to develop, maintain and monitor compliance of a Code of Ethics; to apply sanctions against fish harvesters who violate the Board's Code of Ethics; and to provide an advisory role to the Federal and Provincial Governments in the formation of fisheries policies consistent with the common good of fish harvesters. For additional information on the PFHCB, please visit www.pfhcb.com.
The Act states that the 15-member board appointed by the minister shall be comprised of: seven representatives of the organization that has been recognized by the Labour Relations Board as representing fish harvesting in collective bargaining (Fish, Food, and Allied Workers); one representative from a registered fisheries co-operative; a representative of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture (DFA); a representative of the Department of Advanced Education and Skills; two representatives of the federal government, at least one of whom shall be from Fisheries and Oceans Canada; a representative of a post-secondary education training institution; a representative appointed to represent aboriginal fish harvesters in the province; and a representative-at-large chosen by the minister.
The PFHCB has an internal executive committee consisting of a chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary, one other member elected by the members of the PFHCB as a member-at-large, and the executive director. The chairperson, vice-chairperson, and secretary cannot be representatives of a department of the Provincial Government or of the Government of Canada.
Those who make up the PFHCB should collectively possess the following core competencies:
Note: Most PFHCB representatives are nominated by the organization/group they are affiliated with and, as such, are deemed as a qualified representative by that organization/group. For example, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers nominate seven members and, as directed in Section 5(3) of the Act, ensures that these are “chosen in a manner which ensures that all areas of the province and the different fleet sectors are represented on the board.”
All members of the PFHCB should possess:
Members of the PFHCB should be available to meet two times per year but may occasionally be called to meet as needed. Executive Committee members generally meet monthly.
Members are appointed for a term of up to three years, are eligible for reappointment, and can continue to serve after the expiry of their term until reappointed or replaced.
The Minister is seeking a candidate to represent Aboriginal fish harvesters in the province.
Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the core competencies and qualifications identified above for all members, in addition to possessing some knowledge of or experience with the following:
The Minister will consider a combination of relevant qualifications and experience.