SafeCatch 6: Community Healthy Fisheries Program (CHFP)
The SafeCatch project consisted of 6 linked component studies on fish harvester occupational health and fishing vessel safety. Relevant results from each component informed the research design and interpretation of results from others.
The goal of this particular SafeCatch component was to raise community awareness of safety issues in the fish harvesting industry by using an approach based upon local fishing communities’ cultural traditions. To this end, the project explored the use of drama, music and associated arts-based activities to promote safety awareness in three fishing communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. In one community, a play and songs about fishing safety issues were written and performed. This was coupled with a variety of other writing and musical activities. In another community, a more established play about the hazards of fishing was performed along with songs. In the third community, a play about fishing safety was coupled with music and a community forum on safety. Local residents planned and performed all of the activities.
Michael Murray, Division of Community Health, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Neil Tilley, Extension Community Development Co-Operative
Other Team Members
Theresa Heath-Rogers, SafetyNet, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Christine Elliott, Bonavista
Dan O’Brien, Bonavista
Chrissie Worthman, Bonavista
Keith Fillier, Bonavista
Cindy Landor, Bonavista
Eliza Swyers, Bonavista
Craig Pardy, Bonavista
Larry Tremblett, Bonavista
Harv Hayley, Bonavista
Bud Ploughman, Bonavista
Mabeline Faulkner, Bonavista
Bert Harris, Bonavista
Bev Duke, Bonavista
Agnes Walsh, St. Bride’s
Arlene Morrissey, St. Bride’s
Mildred Dohey, St. Bride’s
Kay Coffey, St. Bride’s
Karen Cook, St. Bride’s
Carol Morrissey, St. Bride’s
Cathy Careen, St. Bride’s
Cheryl White, St. Bride’s
Chris McGrath, St. Bride’s
Keith Coffey, St. Bride’s
Tracey Coffey, St. Bride’s
John Cheeseman, St. Bride’s
Pius Murphy, St. Bride’s
Hilda Dohey, St. Bride’s
Arnold Foley, St. Bride’s
Gerry Doyle, Petty Harbour
George Chafe, Petty Harbour
Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW)
Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board of Newfoundland and Labrador
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Search and Rescue Secretariat New Initiatives Fund
Murray, M., & Tilley, N. (2004). Developing community health action and research through the arts. In R. Flowers (Ed.) Education and Social Action Conference 2004 (pp. 150-156). Sydney, Australia: University of Technology Sydney.
Murray, M. (2006). Participatory community-based approaches to occupational health and safety. Presentation to the SafetyNet-CARWH Conference. St. John’s, June 7-10.
Brown, R., Buckingham, J., Murray, M., & Small, G. (2006). Improved delivery of fisher safety training through the use of multimedia tools and techniques. Presentation to the SafetyNet-CARWH Conference. St. John’s, June 7-10.
Murray, M. (2005). Promoting safety consciousness through community arts: Towards a performative psychology. Presentation to the Fourth International Conference on Critical Health Psychology. Sheffield, UK.
Murray, M., & Tilley, N. (2005). Community drama and fishing safety education. Presentation to the Tenth Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action. Urbana Champaign, IL.
Murray, M., & Tilley, N. (2004). Promoting community health action and research through the arts. Presentation to the Canadian Public Health Association Annual Conference. St. John’s, NL.
Murray, M., & Tilley, N. (2004). Community arts and community development in a declining rural society. Presentation to the Annual Conference of the Community Development Association. Cleveland, OH.
Murray, M., & Tilley, N. (2004). Developing community health action and research through the arts. Presentation to the Education and Social Action Conference. Sydney, Australia.
Murray, M. (2004). Promoting safety awareness in fishing communities through community arts activities. Presentation to the National Conference on Health and Safety in the Fish Harvesting Industry. Gatineau, QC.
Murray, M. (2004). Promoting safety awareness in fishing communities through community arts activities. Presentation to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. St. John’s, NL.
Amanda Butt, SafetyNet, Memorial University of Newfoundland