Submitted by the Office of Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, Fishing Vessel Safety Division
Commercial fishing vessel casualties remain a significant risk factor within the industry. It is the Coast Guard’s goal to reduce this risk through targeted outreach to the commercial fishing industry.
Understanding emergency response measures and how to use survival equipment are vital skills when mariners are involved in a marine casualty. The Coast Guard recently hosted a training event with more than 50 members of the commercial fishing industry to raise awareness of these important skills. More importantly, the event included hands-on training with survival systems, safety drills, firefighting, and damage control procedures.
In addition to attending Coast Guard hosted events, operators and crew are encouraged to seek out opportunities to further their knowledge through courses, training, and workshops. Training institutions such as the North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owners Association (NPFVOA) and the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA), offer Coast Guard accepted survival, emergency drill, firefighting, and damage control courses to fishermen.
The Coast Guard will be conducting targeted industry outreach ahead of key fishing seasons as noted below:
- Coast Guard District 5 “Safe Catch”; Cape May, NJ (Nov 2021):
- Coast Guard District 11 “Safe Crab” San Francisco, CA (Nov 2021):
Questions concerning this posting may be directed to the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, Fishing Vessel Safety Division (CG-CVC-3) at CGFishSafe@uscg.mil
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