Coast Guard asks fishermen to check safety equipment in preparation for Dungeness Crab Season

Coast Guard asks fishermen to check safety equipment in preparation for Dungeness Crab Season
SAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard advises fishermen Monday to begin checking their vessel’s safety equipment and necessary documentation in preparation for upcoming Dungeness crab season safety spot-checks, which are scheduled to begin next month. Fishermen can go to http://ift.tt/1jviHle and click on the “Checklist Generator Page” page to download a list of actions they can take to prepare...

Coast Guard spotlights crab fishermen for safety

Coast Guard spotlights crab fishermen for safety
Ronald Kram, a Coast Guard Auxiliarist, inspects an immersion suit aboard the Willie K, a crab vessel moored in Spud Point Marina in Bodega Bay, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela J. Boehland ALAMEDA, Calif. — One of the most dangerous jobs in America is commercial fishing, and Dungeness crab fishing is the most deadly of all West Coast commercial fisheries. To...

Coast Guard members walk the docks of Northern California to save lives

Coast Guard members walk the docks of Northern California to save lives
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Coast Guard members up and down the California coast are conducting free, dock-side inspections for fishermen as part of Operation Safe Crab, an initiative to save lives and prevent accidents. California’s crab season is scheduled to begin Nov. 15 for the central coast from Avila-Morro Bay, Calif., to the mouth of the Russian River, and Dec. 1 for the northern coast from...

Commercial fishing vessel examiners see increase in non-CG approved equipment

Commercial fishing vessel examiners see increase in non-CG approved equipment
SEATTLE — Coast Guard commercial fishing vessel dockside examiners are starting to see an increasing number of inflatable survival craft installed on some commercial fishing vessels that are not Coast Guard-approved. Non-Coast Guard approved life rafts may pose a danger to commercial fishing vessel operators and their crews during emergencies at sea. These life rafts are not acceptable for survival...

Coast Guard Cutter Jefferson Island ends fishing voyage for safety violations

BOSTON- The Coast Guard ended the voyage of a fishing vessel for safety violations approximately one mile off the coast of Long Island, Maine Friday. The Coast Guard Cutter Jefferson Island boared the 31-foot fishing vessel No Frills, finding numerous safety violations. Infractions included no fire extinguishers and no distress signals on board. The fishing vessel was escorted by cutter Jefferson Island...

Guard against emergencies with AMSEA survival training

Particpants in a class pull Scott Wilwert toward the vessel Northern Star during a man overboard drill exercise in Douglas Harbor Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. USCG Photo KODIAK, Alaska – Alaska Marine Safety Education Association’s boating safety courses will be available to mariners throughout the year in Alaska providing hands-on training with equipment used in survival situations. AMSEA’s...

Free exams for a safer sea

by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell “The sea is a treacherous place,” said Richard Fitzgerald, a Coast Guard auxilarist. “We’re trying to make it safer.” To help keep fishermen safe, Fitzgerald and fellow auxilarist, Richard Skryness, travel from Boston to Newburyport, Mass., providing free dockside safety exams as part of the Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Program. googletag.cmd.push(function()...

Cutter Blackfin Terminates Voyage of Fishing Vessel for Safety Violations

SANTA BARBABA, Calif (D11 Public Affairs) – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin terminated the voyage of a 39-foot fishing vessel 20 miles southwest of Santa Barbara yesterday. The Coast Guard boarding team discovered the vessel was operating without the minimum required safety equipment. The vessel was escorted to Santa Barbara after the voyage was terminated. “Our boarding team determined...