Compliance and Assessment Guide for Schedule I and II of the Fish Inspection Regulations (Registered Establishments)
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6.0 Vessels

Regulations

Schedule I Section 28

Vessels with enclosed processing areas shall have, in addition to meeting other applicable requirements of this Schedule,

a) a clean and sanitary system for conveying fish from the reception area to the processing area;

b) storage areas for finished products that are large enough and designed so that they are easy to clean and, if a fish meal plant operates onboard, a separate hold must be designated for the storage of fish meal and other by-products;

c) adequate equipment for pumping or disposing of processing effluent, cleanup water, waste or fish that are unfit for human consumption directly into the sea or in accordance with any laws regarding ocean dumping, into a watertight tank reserved for that purpose;

d) adequate equipment for delivering pressurized clean and sanitary seawater for processing, the intake for which must be situated in a position where it is not possible for the water being taken in to become contaminated or affected by discharges into the sea of waste water, waste and engine coolant;

e) walls, ceilings and non-slip floors that are easy to clean, in particular if there are pipes, chains or electrical conduits;

f) hydraulic systems arranged or protected in such a way as to ensure that any leakage that could contaminate fish is minimized; and

g) marine type toilet facilities or other sanitary facilities acceptable to an inspector.

Intent

A vessel with fish processing facilities must be designed, laid out and constructed in such a way that it does not become a potential source of contamination for food products. In addition, the system for conveying fish from reception to the processing area, the walls, ceilings and floors of the processing area, storage areas, solid and liquid waste, and the water used for processing must not be allowed to become potential sources of contamination.

Compliance Guide

Registered processing vessels generally have three distinct areas:

  • living areas including sleeping quarters and the galley,
  • fishing operations areas involved with the harvest and landing of the fish on deck, and,
  • processing areas.

The processing areas include the main processing area from the location where the product enters the factory (including the ramp tanks if present) to chutes through which the product enters the cold storage, the packaging storage area, the chemical storage area, and the portion of the cargo hold which houses the frozen storage.

Only the processing areas are subject to schedule I and II requirements

Vessels with enclosed processing areas must meet the applicable requirements for walls, ceilings, floors, drains, and overhead fixtures in processing areas (Sections 1.2 to 1.5 of this document).

Standards for processing water on vessels are the same as those for onshore processing plants.

6.0 Vessels
Assessment Guide - Schedule I

 

Vessels with enclosed processing areas shall have, in addition to the other applicable requirements of Schedule 1: Table of example situations
Table Summary

This table contains the Construction, design, plants and surroundings, including the Worksheet Line Item, Minor and Serious Critical Assessment Guide.

Worksheet Line Item Minor Serious Critical
a) a clean and sanitary system for conveying fish from the reception area to the processing area Not Generally Applicable
b) storage areas for finished product that are large enough and easy to clean Not Generally Applicable
separate storage area for fish meal/by products Not Generally Applicable
c) adequate equipment for disposing of process effluent, cleanup water, waste do not use
d) adequate equipment for delivering pressurized clean and sanitary water for processing do not use
a water intake situated in a position where it is not possible for water being taken in to become contaminated by discharges of waste water, waste or engine coolant do not use
e) walls, ceilings, and non-slip floors that are easy to clean Not Generally Applicable
f) hydraulic systems arranged and protected so leakage cannot contaminate fish do not use
g) marine type toilets or other satisfactory facilities Not Generally Applicable
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