News release

Clarification about statistics in TSB Marine Investigation Report M15A0189

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 5 August 2016 – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is issuing a clarification concerning investigation report M15A0189, which it released on 2 August 2016. It emphasizes that the accident and fatality statistics for commercial fishing vessels data in Table 3 of the report, are for Newfoundland and Labrador, not for Canada as a whole.

From 2000 to 2015, there were 31 commercial fishing-related fatalities in Newfoundland and Labrador, and 189 in Canada.

Loss of life on fishing vessels is an issue on the TSB's Watchlist, and the Board completed a Safety Issues Investigation into fishing safety in 2012. The Board continues to call for concerted and coordinated action by federal and provincial authorities and by leaders in the fishing community to improve the safety culture in fishing operations.

See the investigation page for more information.


The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

For more information, contact:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-994-8053
Email: media@tsb.gc.ca