Group Humboldt Bay ready for salmon season

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. – Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay is coordinating with state and local agencies to ensure a safe salmon season. Group Humboldt Bay is prepared for a large increase in maritime activity in the area due to the salmon season bringing in many boats from outside of the immediate area.

When on the water, mariners are requested to wear life jackets and to file “float plans” with friends or families ashore. A good float plan includes a description of the vessel, names of the crew, a list of safety equipment on board, your destination and the estimated time of arrival at the fishing grounds and your ultimate destination. The Coast Guard does not accept float plans. If the voyage changes from the filed float plan, mariners should contact the person holding the float plan to keep them informed of new details. Once the vessel returns to its home port or reaches its destination, mariners should close out their float plan. Float plan templates are available at many websites on the Internet.

Area fishing vessels may have experienced a period of inactivity due to recent closures in the recreational salmon season. It is imperative that mariners take a close look at their vessel’s safety gear, machinery, equipment, and overall seaworthiness especially if they have not been underway recently. The Coast Guard Auxiliary provides courtesy safety examinations to local mariners. For more information on Auxiliary safety exams, contact Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Placido at 707-839-6589.

For information on the salmon season, see the California Department of Fish and Game website at: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/news/issues/salmon/

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