The Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board (PFHCB) was established under the Professional Fish Harvesters Act (the Act) to register and certify commercial fish harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador. Pursuant to Section 14 of the Act, any person whose certification is refused by the PFHCB, or who is dissatisfied with his or her certification level, may request an appeal with the Appeal Board of the Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board (Appeal Board). The decision of the Appeal Board is final and binding on the PFHCB and the appellant. For additional information on the PFHCB, please visit www.pfhcb.com.
The Appeal Board comprises three ministerial appointees: two professional fish harvesters recommended by fish harvesters organizations and a Chairperson who is not a professional fish harvester appointed by the Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources. The two professional fish harvester members of the Appeal Board are chosen from a list provided by the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW). Members are appointed for up to three-year terms and may be re-appointed. Members of the Appeal Board cannot be members of the PFHCB and vice versa.
Those who make up the Appeal Board should collectively possess the following core competencies:
The Chairperson of the Appeal Board of the Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board should possess the following core competencies:
The fish harvester representatives must be licensed and certified professional fish harvesters. All board members should possess:
The Chairperson must be independent from professional fish harvesters (must not be a fish harvester) and should possess:
The Appeal Board generally meets one to two times per year, depending on the number of requests for appeals in a given year.
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 Committee is seeking to fill the Chairperson position when the existing term expires in April 2019. The Chairperson cannot be a current member of the Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board and must be independent from professional fish harvesters.
Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the experience and qualifications identified in the board profile. Consideration will be given to a variety of demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population they serve.