13th Coast Guard District
915 Second Ave
Seattle, WA 98176
Fish like there is a tomorrow - fish safe.
A web site for Commercial Fishing Vessel Owners, Operators and Crew
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When is my vessel a commercial fishing vessel?
It doesn't matter if your vessel is US documented or state registered, if you catch fish with the intent to sell them you are operating a commecial fishing vessel. Commercial fishing vessels are required to comply with the commercial fishing vessel safety regulations.
Click here to visit the Dockside Examinations page and use the "Checklist Generator" to obtain a checklist for your particular vessel and operations.
Mandatory fishing vessel exams October 15, 2015.
Coast Guard HQ released a Marine Safety Information Bulleting (MSIB) on implementating the requirement for commercial fishing vessels to get an exam.
All fishing vessels that operate 3 nautical miles beyond the territorial base line (marked on most nautical charts) will have to get an exam before Oct 15th 2015.
The Coast Guard recommends getting your exam done well before the due date to avoid the rush. Coast Guard dockside examiners say that it normally takes two or more visits to the vessel before issuing the Dockside Exam Decal.
Owners and Operators that use the Checklist Generator by printing out a checklist for their particular vessel and use it to prepare, normally pass on the first visit.