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Research

A Study to Estimate the Economic Value of the Oceans Sector in Nova Scotia – 2008

The NSFSC in conjunction with Federal and Provincial government agencies conducted a study to estimate the economic value and importance of the ocean sector.

The study examined:

  • Baseline data for measuring trends and growth.

  • Statistics for government policy and program development

  • An understanding of stakeholder make-up and their economic contributions

  • Detailed regional data with qualitative information

  • The ability to combine/compare results to provide a sub-sector, regional or national picture. 

     A copy of the full report will be available soon.


Baseline Study of Accidents and Injuries in the Harvesting & Aquaculture Sectors

Human Resource Needs Assessment of the Fishing Industry - 2002

The Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council, in partnership with Human Resources Development Canada conducted a Human Resources Needs Assessment of the processing, harvesting and aquaculture sectors.  With the assistance of an industry advisory committee and Gardner Pinfold Consulting Economist Limited, this study addressed the following issues: 

  • an assessment of the present makeup of the workforce

  • present employment trends

  • assessment of skill requirements

  • factors affecting employment, such as the reasons individuals enter, remain or leave the industry

  • an analysis of future requirements for recruiting and maintaining a competent and professional workforce

Workers Compensation rates in the fishing industry have continued to rise over the last number of years. Every extra dollar paid in Workers Compensation premiums is a dollar less that can be invested in plant facilities, fishing enterprises, marketing activities or employment.
In 2004 an advisory group comprised of representatives of the fish processing sector began work through the NS Fisheries Sector Council to begin the development of a strategy to combat the rising WCB rates in their sector. A study was commissioned which captured key information regarding the nature and causes of work related accidents and injuries. The study also examined why the number of WCB claims exceeding $5,000 had increased so dramatically since the mid 1990’s. To review the key findings of the study, click on the link below.

Baseline Study of Accidents and Injuries in the Harvesting & Aquaculture Sectors


An Examination of Workplace Accidents and Injuries in the Seafood Processing Sector - 2004

This report identifies some of the key issues around the nature and causes of work related injuries/accidents, why the number of worker’s compensation claims exceeding $5,000 has increased so dramatically since the mid – 1990’s and identifies suggested recommendations in order to reduce accidents/injuries.  
 


A Study to Estimate the Economic Value of the Oceans Sector in Nova Scotia – 2005

The purpose of this study was to estimate the economic impact of ocean-related industries and agencies on the economy of Nova Scotia, including the harvesting, processing, and aquaculture sectors.  

The objectives of this study were to provide:

  • an estimation of the direct and spin-off (indirect and induced) economic benefits to Nova Scotia ’s economy which is attributable to the ocean;

  • a consistent estimation of the direct and spin-off  (indirect and induced) benefits to the Nova Scotia economy of the various components of Nova Scotia ’s ocean sector;

  • a discussion of each component of the oceans sector in Nova Scotia in an Atlantic context; and

  • an estimation of the growth potential, including strengths and weaknesses, for each component of the ocean sector in Nova Scotia.

For a copy of the report please use the following link:  www.gov.ns.ca/


An Assessment of Training Needs of the Aquaculture Sector – 2006

This report was conducted by the Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council (NSFSC) in cooperation with the aquaculture sector in Nova Scotia .  The report reviewed what was previously offered in the aquaculture training program through the NSCC, determined what the training needs were of the aquaculture sector, and made recommendations as to the type/format of training program sought by the aquaculture sector.


An Assessment of Training Needs of the Processing Sector – 2006

The Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council, in cooperation with the seafood processing sector made an assessment of the current training needs of the industry.  This was determined by surveying seafood companies, along with conducting focus groups.  The final report made recommendations as to the type/format of training programs sought by the processing sector.


Human Resource Requirements of the Harvesting & Processing Sectors in relation to an increase in Haddock - 2007

It is anticipated that haddock quotas in 5Z will be increasing significantly by the year 2007.  This resurgence offered an opportunity to provide much needed economic benefits and year round employment growth in many coastal communities.  The fishing industry had the opportunity to create economic benefits for the region and to create employment opportunities on fishing vessels and in processing plants.  This study would assess the labour market requirements of the harvesting and processing sectors based on an anticipated increase in ground fish quota. The objectives for the study were:

  • A comprehensive assessment of the present makeup of the workforce in the harvesting and processing sector (in relation to ground fish)

  • An assessment of the present employment trends by  the harvesting and processing sector (in relation to ground fish)

  • An assessment of the skills requirements by the harvesting and processing sector (in relation to ground fish)

  • An assessment of factors affecting employment including seasonality, competing industries, wages, professional qualifications, availability of workforce for the harvesting and processing sector (in relation to ground fish)

  • An assessment of the reasons individuals enter, remain or leave the harvesting and processing sector (in relation to ground fish)

  • An analyses of the future requirements and challenges for recruiting and maintaining a competent and professional workforce for the harvesting and processing sector (in relation to ground fish)

  • A competitive analysis of the challenges faced by the harvesting and processing sectors – who are our competitors, what influence and effect do they have on the industry in Nova Scotia.

  • Recommendations for an industry action plan.

 


Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council
38 B John Street,
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia B5A 3H2
Phone: (902) 742-6167  Fax: (902) 742-8391  
info@nsfsc.ca