Coast Guard finds insulated void on fishing vessel in Buzzard’s Bay

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — A Coast Guard boarding team located an insulated void while boarding a commercial fishing vessel in Buzzard’s Bay, Mass., Aug. 7, 2011.

During routine measurements of the vessel to account for all spaces, the four-person boarding team from Coast Guard Station Menemsha identified an unaccounted-for space. With consent from the master of the vessel, the boarding team removed a panel from the forward bulkhead of the crew head to account for the space.

Removal of the panel revealed an insulated space with lighting and a deck drain.

Upon completion of the boarding, the boarding team issued two violations. A summary settlement was issued for one berried female lobster found in the catch and later abandonded at sea. The master was also issued a violation for a compartment inconsistent with fishing operations.

“Coast Guard fisheries boardings concentrate on ensuring compliance with trip catch limits, among other things,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Hamel, an enforcement officer for the 1st Coast Guard District. “We conduct these boardings to protect our nation’s shared resources and ensure fair competition among industry participants.”

Crews in the 1st Coast Guard District have conducted more than 1,025 fisheries boardings in 2011.

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