Offshore commercial vessel inspections required
All commercial fishing, fish tender and fish processing vessels that operate or transit more than 3 nautical miles offshore must demonstrate full compliance with fishing industry vessel safety regulations during a mandatory safety examination.
To demonstrate compliance with this new regulation, fishermen are encouraged to contact Coast Guard fishing vessel examiners to obtain a Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Decal.
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 3 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.
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