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Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety (CFVS)

Program Background

During the early 1980s the Department of Labor's casualty statistics for Commercial Fisherman showed that Fishing had rapidly surpassed those of the Mining industry. Until this happened, Mining had been considered the most dangerous occupation in the country. In 1988 congress passed the Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Act (CFVISA, P.L. 100-424). This act created most of the requirements for a three-tier system of boats.

Additionally, the Coast Guard was given the responsibility of writing and enforcing regulations that met the requirements of the law. The Coast Guard decided to use a two-part program. This program relies on public education including the Voluntary Dockside Exam,and enforcement including at-sea boardings, which may result in fines if regulations are not followed.

Sector Northern New England has primary responsibility for executing the public education and Dockside Exam portions of the program in the states of Maine and New Hampshire. We not only provide valuable information and assistance regarding Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety, but also provide the dockside examination service to owners and operators of fishing vessels. The Voluntary Dockside Exam can assist you in determining your operational and safety equipment needs, and in complying with federal regulations. This is a free service with no obligations and no penalties. There are a variety of people here at the SNNE that can answer most of your Marine and Safety related questions. This includes one person dedicated to full time interaction with the Commercial Fishing community.

Contact us for a free dockside safety exam:

Exams South: Exams North:
Mr. Kevin Plowman
(Seabrook NH - Rockland ME)
Office: (207) 347-5025
Fax: (207) 347-5024

Mr. Brian Smith
(Eastport ME - Rockland ME)
Office: (207) 664-3931


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Last Modified 1/12/2016