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Contact: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Release: Immediate
Date: Oct. 12, 2012

New Commercial Fishing Safety Requirement to Take Effect Next Tuesday, October 16, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard urges commercial fishing vessel owners and operators to take advantage of voluntary dockside safety examinations prior to the enforcement of a new requirement Tuesday. 

The new requirement mandates that all commercial fishing, fish tender and fish processing vessels that operate or transit more than three nautical miles offshore demonstrate full compliance with all existing commercial fishing vessel safety regulations during a dockside safety examination.

To demonstrate compliance with this new requirement, commercial fishing vessel owners and operators are encouraged to contact Coast Guard fishing vessel safety examiners to schedule an exam and obtain a commercial fishing vessel safety decal. Additionally, fishing vessel owners and operators are encouraged to use the interactive Commercial Fishing Vessel Checklist Generator to find out what equipment is required for issue of the decal. The checklist generator is available at http://www.uscg.mil/d13/cfvs/DocksideExams/vFinal.swf

The examination requirement is one of several new mandates established by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. The act requires a mandatory safety examination for fishing vessels that operate beyond three nautical miles of the baseline regardless of whether the vessel is state-registered or federally documented. More information about this change and methods for achieving compliance can be viewed at www.fishsafe.info.

For additional information or to schedule a vessel examination, please contact the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Office at 904-564-7664 or 904-564-7665.

This announcement is forwarded as a courtesy of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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