New safety regulations frustrating Island fishermen

Some P.E.I. fishermen say new federal safety rules that came into effect Thursday has forced them to spend thousands of dollars unnecessarily. Under the new Transport Canada regulations unveiled in 2016, fishing vessels are required to have specific safety gear on board, including a life rafts, survival suits and a location signaling device.,,, “Nobody wants to be seen as anti-safety,” explained one fisherman. “But this isn’t about safety, it’s about reasonability.” “We’ll spend $5,000, and never need [the gear],” said another. “I can understand if you’re fishing on your own 50 miles out. But for us, there’s always 10 boats within a two mile radius.  If you’re in trouble, by the time you get out the gear, somebody is next to you.” click here to read the story 13:08

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