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 emphasizes importance of safety during the crab season

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard reminds boaters and crab fishermen of the importance of proper safety equipment and procedures as crab season continues and the winter months approach. Crab fishing is an extremely hazardous job, and since the fishery opened on Nov. 15, 2011, there have been more than 10 search and rescue cases conducted by the Coast Guard involving crab fishermen. Thankfully,...

Coast Guard emphasizes importance of safety this Dungeness crab season

ASTORIA, Ore. – The Coast Guard is stressing the importance of proper boating and fishing procedures this Dungeness crab fishing season in light of a tragic accident, which claimed the life of a fisherman in Coos Bay, Ore., Monday. The 13th Coast Guard District is conducting Operation Safe Crab in an attempt to reduce fatalities in the dangerous fishery.  The intent of this operation is to...