Coast Guard encourages fishing vessel safety exams for upcoming halibut, sablefish fisheries in Alaska

Coast Guard encourages fishing vessel safety exams for upcoming halibut, sablefish fisheries in Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska — With the halibut and sablefish season opening in Alaska Saturday, the Coast Guard encourages mariners to get their free commercial fishing vessel safety exams. Mariners can improve their preparedness by getting a free exam to ensure they are in compliance with current regulations before the fisheries open. “Having an exam completed prior to the beginning of the fishery ensures...

Coast Guard encourages vessel stability checks prior to crabbing season

Coast Guard encourages vessel stability checks prior to crabbing season
ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard is encouraging fishermen to conduct vessel stability checks on their boats after an incident with a fishing vessel near Wesport, Wash., Sunday. Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor responded to a distress call from the crew of the fishing vessel Lady Nancy stating they were taking on water and their crew of four had donned immersion suits. The crew of the vessel had departed...

New commercial fishing vessel safety regulations to take effect

New commercial fishing vessel safety regulations to take effect
TAMPA, Fla. — The Coast Guard urges commercial fishing vessel operators to take advantage of voluntary safety examinations prior to the enforcement of the new requirement Oct. 16. All commercial fishing, fish tender and fish processing vessels that operate or transit more than three nautical miles offshore must demonstrate full compliance with fishing industry vessel safety regulations during a dockside...

Coast Guard to require dockside safety examination on commercial fishing vessels operating more than 3 nautical miles offshore

Coast Guard to require dockside safety examination on commercial fishing vessels operating more than 3 nautical miles offshore
CLEVELAND — The 9th Coast Guard District announced today that a commercial fishing vessel safety exam will be required for all commercial fishing vessels operating beyond three nautical miles offshore. The dockside exam, which has been administered for more than a decade on a voluntary basis, will be required after Oct. 16 and affects commercial fishing vessels nationwide. The examination is free...

Dockside safety exams for most commercial fishing vessels become mandatory in October

Dockside safety exams for most commercial fishing vessels become mandatory in October
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard is requiring all commercial fishing vessels that operate or fish more than three miles from the territorial sea baseline to complete a mandatory Coast Guard dockside safety exam as of Oct. 16, 2012. This regulatory change comes as a result of Congress’ passing of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. This change affects commercial fishing fleets nationwide,...

Coast Guard conducts safety exams in King Cove and Sand Point

USCG FilePhoto KODIAK, Alaska – Coast Guardsmen from the Ketchikan-based Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet, members of Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak and National Marine Fisheries Service agents conducted voluntary dockside commercial fishing vessel safety exams in King Cove and Sand Point Jan. 19 and 20. The examiners conducted five exams to verify the operators were in compliance with applicable safety...

Coast Guard ensures safety for salmon season fishers

SAN FRANCISCO – The 2010 commercial salmon season is set to open 1 July after two years of being closed. In anticipation of this opening, U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary personnel will be walking the docks on 22 and 23 June offering free no-fault exams and safety checks. Examiners are scheduled to be present at Moss Landing, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, San Francisco, Bodega Bay and...

Coast Guard reminds Bristol Bay salmon fishers to be ready for sea

KODIAK, Alaska – Are your ready for sea? The Coast Guard will offer courtesy dockside examinations of commercial fishing vessels in Bristol Bay in anticipation of the 2010 Bristol Bay salmon fishery, which is slated to begin June 1 with the majority of the fishing taking place from June 15 to July 15.

Putting the “safe” in safe catch

by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lindberg The last man climbs over the rail of the fishing boat and with a swift leap he lands with his feet firmly planted on the deck to join the other three members of his team. Dressed in orange and black survival suits, they make their presence known. They quickly get to work by talking to the crew and checking the fishing and safety gear. Each man is focusing...