Blessed and ready: Daybrook boats given official send-offApr 22nd, 2013 | By Jessica Gonzalez | Category: top story
With sunny skies and a backdrop of blue and yellow ships waiting for their crews, over 100 Daybrook Fisheries employees and their families gathered together at the plant in Empire on April 14 to kick off another successful pogie season.
Before the fishing crews were sent off, Father Joseph Tran walked the dock sprinkling holy water on every vessel, blessing them for a safe and successful harvest. At this year’s Blessing of the Fleet, the 18th annual for the plant, the Daybrook team was awarded the Gerald H. Halpin Safety Excellence Award from Signal Mutual Indemnity Association—a Longshore insurance provider— for a year of outstanding employee safety records.
Of the near 200 Signal Members around the U.S., Daybrook Fisheries was selected to receive the award, which is the insurance company’s highest honor. Signal looks at not only the safety statistics, but at company safety culture, safety contributions to the industry, and safety and health activities in the community.
Gregory Holt, President of Daybrook Fisheries and Executive Vice President Borden Wallace commended employees for yet another year of hardwork, and recognized Chief Engineer Juan Sarria with an award for catching 1 billion fish last season.
Sarria, a Costa Rica native, is sitting this season out for medical reasons but says he is so grateful to work for a company that truly cares about their employees’ well-being.
“I really wanted to go out but they won’t let me because I’m having surgery,” Sarria explained. “They really take care of you here…I came here to fish one year, and ended up staying for 35 years.”