(Sections 14.1 and 14.3)
REQUIREMENTS FOR VESSELS USED FOR FISHING OR TRANSPORTING FISH
1. Areas where fish and ice are stored shall
(a) have covers to protect the fish and ice from the sun and weather;
(b) be provided with drainage to effectively remove ice melt water and ensure that fish and ice do not come into contact with bilge water or other contamination; and
(c) where it is necessary to prevent physical damage to the fish, be divided into pens, which shall be shelved vertically at intervals of 90 cm or less.
2. Subject to item 3, fish and ice storage areas shall be of non-absorbent, non-corrodible materials, other than wood, and so constructed as to preclude physical damage to the fish and facilitate cleaning and any surfaces that contact fish shall be smooth and free from cracks and crevices.
3. In the case of vessels built prior to September 15, 1982 and vessels having no below deck storage areas, built-in fish and ice storage areas shall be so constructed as to preclude physical damage to the fish and may be of wood, if the surfaces are smooth, free from cracks and crevices and coated with a durable, light coloured paint or coating of a type approved by the President of the Agency.
4. Boxes for fish other than live shellfish shall be of smooth, non-absorbent, non-corrodible material, other than wood, free from cracks and crevices, and so constructed as to provide drainage and protect the fish from damage by crushing when the boxes are stacked.
5. Fresh fish storage areas shall be separated from engine compartments and other heated areas of a vessel by watertight, insulated bulkheads and wall surfaces, bulkheads and deckheads in frozen storage areas of a vessel shall be well insulated.
6. Fish handling equipment, such as chutes, conveyors, fish washers, tables and utensils, shall be of smooth, non-absorbent, non-corrodible material, other than wood, free from cracks and crevices and so constructed as to facilitate cleaning.
7. Forks, pumps, tools or other equipment and practices that pierce, tear, or otherwise damage or contaminate the edible portion of fish shall not be used.
8. Fish, while on board a vessel used for fishing or transporting fish, shall be
(a) preserved by the use of finely divided ice sufficient to reduce and hold the temperature at 4°C or lower, and such ice shall be made from water from a source approved by a fish inspection laboratory; or
(b) preserved by such other methods as the President of the Agency may approve.
9. Where chilled water systems are installed on a vessel, such systems shall be of materials approved by the President of the Agency, be constructed to facilitate proper cleaning and be capable of holding fish at -1°C.
10. Freezing facilities on a vessel shall be capable of freezing the daily catch of fish at a rate equivalent to at least the freezing rate of a 25 mm thick block of fish when the temperature of the thermal centre is reduced from 0°C to -20°C in two hours or less.
11. (1) Fish on board a vessel shall be frozen at a freezing rate not less than the rate prescribed by item 10.
(2) In the case of a packaged fish product on board a vessel, the time required to reduce the thermal centre of the packaged product to -20°C shall not exceed 36 hours.
12. (1) Except for brine frozen fish, the thermal centre of the fish on board a vessel shall be reduced to a temperature of -20°C or lower before the fish can be removed from the freezer to the cold storage area.
(2) In the case of brine frozen fish on board a vessel, the thermal centre of the fish shall be reduced to -12°C before the fish can be removed from the freezer to the cold storage area.
13. After freezing, fish on board a vessel shall be glazed or packaged to protect it against dehydration and oxidation.
14. Storage areas in which frozen fish is held on board a vessel shall be maintained at a temperature of -26°C or lower.
15. At least once daily, fish receiving areas and all equipment, containers and utensils used in the handling of fish on board a vessel shall be thoroughly cleaned with water from a source approved by a fish inspection laboratory and disinfected.
16. Following the discharge of fish from a vessel, all equipment and utensils used in the handling of fish and the storage areas, chilled water system, fish containers, penboards and shelfboards shall be forthwith thoroughly cleaned with water from a source approved by a fish inspection laboratory and disinfected.
17. A storage record of the fish catch shall be kept on all fishing vessels and the identity of each day’s catch shall be maintained.
18. Handwashing and marine type toilet facilities shall be provided on vessels 13.7 m or more in overall length that have sleeping accommodation and shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition.
- SOR/82-829, s. 5;
- SOR/99-169, s. 10;
- SOR/2000-184, s. 59.
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