13th Coast Guard District
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A web site for Commercial Fishing Vessel Owners, Operators and Crew
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Alternate Safety Compliance Programs
June 21, 2016 - Coast Guard announces the publishing of a Notice of Proposed Rule Making for Commercial Fishing Vessels.
Three new requirements taking effect in 2016 that you should know about.
1. New VHF Radios with Direct Selective Calling (DSC)
Vessel operating only in Alaska waters are exempt from this requirement (see the Public Notice to learn more about this requirement)
The DSC radio must be programmed with the Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number and vessel information. When connected to a GPS these new radios can send the vessels location automatically. Vessels that are not required to have a GPS are not mandated to have one in order to make that feature on the radio functional. Many vessels do have a GPS or plotting system and it is recommended that the proper connection to the DSC be made if possible.
THIS ITEM HAS BEEN POSTPONED INDEFINITLY
3. Automatic Identification System (AIS)
4. Requirement to Submit a Notice of Arrival
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.