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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain and apply safety measures related to fishing operations, fishing gear and fish handling 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243996  Explain and apply safety measures related to fishing operations, fishing gear and fish handling 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Maritime Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard will be able to describe the importance of preparing a ship and the fishing equipment to ensure a safe working area. The learner is able to explain the correct, safe procedures that need to be followed when handling and stowing fishing gear and catch.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Describing how to prepare a ship and equipment for a fishing operation.
  • Explaining the process of handling fishing gear.
  • Describing general safety during fishing operations.
  • Explaining the process of handling fishing gear and catch stowage. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will be assumed competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • South African Maritime Authority's Pre-sea Familiarisation certificate. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole unit standard:
  • This unit standard deals with basic knowledge of safety with reference to fishing operations, fishing gear and fish handling.
  • Work must be carried out in accordance with the relevant maritime regulations.
  • Vessels may include any commercial vessel engaged on near coastal voyages.
  • Can demonstrate competence by oral examination, and assessment of evidence obtained from one or more of the following:
    > Approved in-service training.
    > Approved training ship.
    > Approved simulator training.
    > Approved laboratory equipment training.
  • This unit standard refers to the Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) (Fishing and Marine Motorman Qualifications) Regulations - 2006 and any amendments thereafter.
  • SAMSA's Code for South African Maritime Qualifications: Study matrices and syllabuses for fishing and marine motorman qualifications, Fishing Safety, Modules 1 & 2, any amendments or equivalent. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare a ship and equipment for fishing operations. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Preparation may include but is not limited to accepted practice for preparing, replacing, maintaining and positioning of the relevant fishing gear. Recognise irregularities, damage or defects as appropriate to the relevant fishing gear. Reporting irregularities damage or defects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The equipment checks to be made prior to the beginning of fishing operations are described focussing on safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Fishing gear is maintained, repaired, replaced and positioned as required for safe operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Defects, damage or irregularities are reported timeously to supervisor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Instructions from supervisor are carried out according to protocol. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Protective/safety gear is worn during fishing operations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the process of handling fishing gear. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety rules applicable to dangers caused by vessel's motion, slippery surfaces, fire prevention, fire hazards, and personal protection equipment are identified and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Types of instructions given by a supervisor are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Common terms used in the fishing industry are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Irregularities that are likely to occur are explained focussing on the action to take to protect life and property. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe general safety procedures during fishing operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of following safety rules and instructions are explained with examples of the result of non-compliance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reasons for proper catch and fishing gear stowage is explained in terms of vessel and crew safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Operation of ship's valves and offal chutes in order to seal spaces from water ingress is demonstrated practically. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Dill/bilge/factory deck pumps are operated to remove of water from areas in accordance with vessel procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The affect on the stability of the vessel especially with regard to heeling moments from loading/discharging operations of gear and catch is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The procedure to report damage or irregularities to a supervisor is explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the process of handling fishing gear and catch stowage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The consequences of not having sufficient and fit personnel available to ensure safe and efficient fishing operations are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    How reports of any irregularities, damage or defects are evaluated and rectified is explained with maritime sector specific examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Instructions to be given when stowing the catch to ensure the operation are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Construction, application and purposes of deck equipment are described with examples of the role they play in ensuring safety. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Deck equipment may include but are not limited to trawl, gallows, gantries, power blocks, pursing blocks, winches and booms, derricks, net drums and side rollers, line and trap haulers.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Dangers associated with not following fishing operations procedures are described with examples of the problems that might result. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Dangers may include but are not limited to:
  • Such as shooting all types of fishing gear into the water, hauling fishing gear and landing the catch on board.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The process of gear handling is explained in accordance with the relevant safety rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Follow up procedures on problems experienced to avoid re-occurrence is explained with examples. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Prepare a ship and the fishing equipment to ensure a safe working area for fishing operations.
  • Correct, safe procedures that need to be followed when handling and stowing fishing gear and catch.
  • General maritime proactive safety awareness relative to fellow mariners, vessels and environment.
  • An awareness of one's situation at all times utilising all one's senses. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions to identify sub-standard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others by showing the ability and willingness to accept and interpret work instructions correctly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively by indicating what methods, tools and personal protective equipment is required and communicate to his fellow workers his/her intentions and assistance required. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information in order to reconcile the information from visual and physical examinations and constantly evaluate the changing situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using the appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazardous and sub-standard conditions will indicate his/her proficiency in effective communication. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that a specific observation, inference, action or decision can have a devastating effect. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58433   National Certificate: Fishing Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  67329   National Certificate: Inshore Maritime Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  TETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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