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Fish like there is a tomorrow - fish safe.

A web site for Commercial Fishing Vessel Owners, Operators and Crew

Getting a Fishing Vessel Safety Decal.

Coast Guard Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Advisory Committee to meet 23 and 24 September 2014.

This is the advanced copy of the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) that makes changes to 46 CFR 105 applicable to fishing vessels that dispense fuel as cargo.

The Coast Guard is Soliciting for Applications for Membership on the Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Advisory Committee.

Fishing vessels 400 gross tons and above must submit oil spill response plans by January 30, 2014.

Early submission is highly recommended, even if the certification statement identifies elements that are incomplete, in order to receive an Interim Operating Authorization (IOA) letter.

Coast Guard extends time to comply with requirements to provide Assistant Engineers for Engineering Watches on certain Commercial Fishing Vessels.

An End to Emergency Distress Monitoring on 2182kHz


Mandatory Dockside Safety Exams for most vessels must be completed by Oct 15, 2015.

Mandatory Dockside Safety Exams are not required now, but must be completed prior to Oct 15, 2015 for all commercial fishing vessels that operate beyond 3 miles off shore. View Coast Guard letter to the fishing industry.

Although you are not required to get an exam, your vessel is required to have all of the required equipment on board. If boarded at sea, you will be checked for all of the required equipment. A voluntary dockside exam is a good way to ensure your vessel has all of the required equipment. Vessels with decals will see shorter boarding times.

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As of July 1, 2013 all newly constructed commercial fishing vessels must meet the following requirements.

Reducing Fatalities due to Falls Overboard..







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