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Fish like there is a tomorrow - fish safe.

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

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Mandatory Exams for Commercial Fishing Vessels after 15 October 2015.

Commercial fishing vessels that operate beyond 3 nautical miles from the territorial sea baseline are required to get a dockside exam from the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard units will be boarding vessels at sea to determine if they have already successfully completed a mandatory exam. Any vessel with a decal issued after Jan 1, 2013 are considered in compliance. Those that don't comply will be issued a warning and 30 days to come into compliance.

To get more information about preparing for your dockside exam Click here.

August 25, 2015 - Coast Guard releases letter to the industry concerning Oct 15 deadline for Mandatory Dockside Exams implementation.

Read the letter

All commercial 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 report 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, are passing on the first Coast Guard visit.

Click here to visit the Dockside Examinations page and use the "Checklist Generator" to obtain a checklist for your particular vessel and operations before scheduling an exam.

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.

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Last Modified 10/9/2015