>Commercial Fishing Vessel Voluntary Dockside Exam Program

>Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay and the Coast Guard Auxiliary continue to partner together to provide free, no fault dockside exams to commercial fishing vessel operators along the New Jersey shore and surrounding areas.

Sector Delaware Bay and the Coast Guard Auxiliary have conducted more than 150 voluntary exams this year. Read the press release here.

A Call to Action: The Need for Additional Regulations!

On March 31, 2008, the Coast Guard published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking as part of a regulatory effort to develop amendments to Coast Guard commercial fishing industry vessel regulations.

The Coast Guard has identified several areas that repeatedly lead to commercial fishing as being the country’s most hazardous occupation. Stability and watertight integrity issues continue to account for the majority of vessel losses. Most casualties are related to crew members entering the water. Maintenance of vessels has also been identified as a significant issue leading to vessel losses.

While there have been improvements in safety within the industry since the commercial fishing vessel safety regulations were published in 1991, casualty rates remain unacceptably high. Crew safety training and drills have been advocated by the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Advisory Committee and the Coast Guard supports an expansion of current requirements.