U.S. Coast Guard Reminder of Upcoming Change to Fishing Vessel Safety Requirements

The U.S. Coast Guard would like to remind all fishing vessel owners and operators regarding an upcoming change to fishing vessel safety requirements, involving new mandates established by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. Beginning October 16th, 2012, all commercial fishing, fish tender and fish processing vessels that operate (or transit) more than 3 nautical miles offshore must be able to demonstrate full compliance with the existing fishing industry vessel safety regulations found in 46 C.F.R. Part 28, via a mandatory safety examination. While there are a few options of how to demonstrate this compliance, having a current Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Decal (not more than 2 years old), is the most straightforward method. For further information regarding this change, please see the following link: http://www.uscg.mil/d13/cfvs/. The website contains a copy of the letter from U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters with information regarding this change, as well as a Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Checklist Generator, which will allow vessel owners to see what equipment their vessels are required to have. The website also provides contact information for local Coast Guard Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinators and Dockside Examiners.

For further information, please contact Mr. Dan Hardin (Coast Guard District 13 Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinator): 206-220-7226; daniel.e.hardin@uscg.mil.