New Requirements Published January 30, 2015.
Commercial fishing vessels must now submit a Notice of Arrival (NOA) prior to arriving in port and carry an Automatic Identification System (AIS)
USCG - Useful Links for Commercial Fishing Vessels
1. Online Checklist Generator for Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Requirements http://uscg.mil/d13/cfvs
2. Online, downloadable list of required F/V Navigation Publications and “Good to Know” files http://www.uscg.mil/d13/cfvs/Training.asp
The Simple Truths of Safety at Sea for the Alaska Tender Fleet
The January 1, 2017, deadline for development and implementation of an Alternate Safety Compliance Program for vessels at least 50 feet in length, built before July 1, 2012, and over 25 years of age, is rapidly approaching.
To address safety concerns of the tender fleet, AITA is currently developing an Alternative Safety Compliance Checklist, as well as a Best Practices Manual for Alaska commercial Fishing Tender vessels.
As part of this overall process AITA has prepared a casualty report document, "The Simple Truths of Safety at Sea for the Alaska Tender Fleet: A Study of Tenders in the 17th Coast Guard District", and is specific to commercial Fishing Tenders operating in the State of Alaska. This report was submitted to the Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee in September 2014.
The Alaska Commercial Fishing Tender fleet hazards are dramatically different from other fleets in the industry, and many of the concerns can be addressed easily. AITA is participating in the development of an Alternative Safety Compliance Plan and in the development of a risk based Alternative Safety Compliance Program for Commercial Fishing Tender Vessels in Alaska. We believe the plan can be achieved with reasonable changes and can result in minimal economic impact to our members.
The casualty report document may be viewed here: The Simple Truths of Safety at Sea for the Alaska Tender Fleet: A Study of Tenders in the 17th Coast Guard District.
Vessel Incidental Discharge Permit
Senator Murkowski Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Exempt Fishing Fleet from Onerous E.P.A. Permit and “Fish Gut” Fines
Senator Lisa Murkowski today introduced legislation to permanently block an EPA incidental discharge regulation that poses serious threats to Alaska’s fisherman and coastal communities. The flawed regulation is written so broadly that it would penalize Alaska’s fisherman and more than 8,000 boats statewide simply for rinsing fish guts off their deck, or rainwater washing other materials off their decks.
The bill – co-sponsored by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) – would make permanent the three year moratorium from the regulation’s requirements for commercial fishing vessels and commercial vessels under 79 feet that Senator Murkowski championed as part of the Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill signed into law in December. At that time, Alaska’s fishing community hailed the move as a fight against “nonsensical” and overbroad regulations.
Keep Your Nautical Charts Updated
NOAA maintains the nation’s nautical charts and publications for U.S. coasts and the Great Lakes. Over a thousand charts cover 95,000 miles of shoreline and 3.4 million square nautical miles of waters.
2014 Tendering Purse Seine Herring in Sitka, AK
Watch this video of tendering purse seine caught herring in the 2014 Sitka SacRoe Herring Fishery
Many thanks to Ry MacDonald and the F/V Deco Bay.