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Fish like there is a tomorrow - fish safe.

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

The Latest Info

Alternate Safety Compliance Programs
Briefing Paper and
Vessels 300Gt and Greater - FCC requires upgrading of VHF Radios by Jan 20, 2016
NEW - Latest info on Engineers License Requirements
NEW - Automatic Identification System and Arrival Notification now required
Free Checklist Generator - pass your exam the 1st time
Asst Engineers extended deadline... again
New construction requirements
An end to 2182 kHz monitoring by the USCG
Surviving falls overboard
Fatigue is deadly - How to manage it.
Updated rules for pumping fuel as cargo (Processors)
Oil Spill Response Plans requirements vsls > 400GT

Mandatory Coast Guard exams now required for certain Commercial Fishing Vessels.

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 prior to engaging in a fishery.

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.

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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