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9/19/2017: Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee seeking applicants for membership

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The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register it is seeking applications for membership on the Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee. The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee provides advice and makes recommendations to the Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security on various matters relating to the safe operation of commercial fishing industry vessels.

The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee is a federal advisory committee which operates under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Title 5, U.S.C. Appendix). The Coast Guard chartered the Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee to provide advice on issues related to the safety of commercial fishing industry vessels regulated under Chapter 45 of title 46, United States Code, which includes uninspected fish catching vessels, fish processing vessels, and fish tender vessels. (See Title 46 U.S.C. 4508.)

The Committee meets at least once a year. It may also meet for other extraordinary purposes. Its subcommittees or working groups may communicate throughout the year to prepare for meetings or develop proposals for the committee as a whole to address specific tasks.

Each member serves for a term of three years. An individual may be appointed to a term as a member more than once, but not more than two terms consecutively. All members serve at their own expense and receive no salary or other compensation from the Federal Government, although travel reimbursement and per diem may be provided for called meetings.

The Coast Guard will consider applications for seven positions that will be vacant January 2018 in the following categories:

(a) Individuals who represent the Commercial Fishing Industry (four positions)
(b) An individual who represents the general public (one position), a marine surveyor who provides services to vessels to which Chapter 45 of Title 46 U.S.C. applies
(c) An individual who represents manufacturers of equipment for vessels to which Chapter 45 of Title 46, U.S.C. applies (one position)
(d) An individual who represents owners of vessels to which Chapter 45 of Title 46, U.S.C. applies (one position)

Completed applications should be submitted to the Coast Guard on or before Nov. 20, 2017.

Applicants should send a cover letter expressing interest in an appointment to the Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee that also identifies which membership category the applicant is applying under, along with a resume detailing the applicant’s experience via one of the following methods:

By Email
Subject line: The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee

By Mail
Commandant (CG-CVC-3)/CFSAC, Attn: Mr. Jonathan Wendland
U.S. Coast Guard
2703 Martin Luther King Ave. SE., Stop 7501
Washington, DC 20593-7501

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