The Coast Guard has launched a program to ensure that all commercial fishing vessels, whether state registered or federally certified, are as safe as they can be while at sea. Any vessel that fishes or transits beyond the three mile limit will have to be safety inspected by the Coast Guard or, by a legal alternate, in order to legally leave port. Those vessels displaying a current safety inspected decal are authorized to leave port. Those who don’t must be inspected first.
The Coast Guard says during routine boarings at sea, Coast Guard law enforcement units will check for proof of a mandatory dockside safety exam. Vessels that cannot provide such proof will be issued a written warning to obtain an exam within the next thirty days.
To schedule a dockside safety examination Pacific Northwest Fishermen should contact the Coast Guard Marine Safty Unit-Portland at 503-240-9337 or 503-240-9373.
The Coast Guard invites commercial fishermen to familiarize themselves with the list of safety items required by the existing commercial fishing vessel safety regulations for their specific vessel. To access that information, click here.