The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee (CFSAC) to the USCG & Homeland Security will be meeting in Seattle the week of Fish Expo on November 14-16. Written comments on topics being discussed are being taken through Nov. 4th to be provided to the committee. The committee will meet at the Henry M Jackson Federal Building Room 440 at 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98174.
The CFSAC purpose is to provide advice and recommendations to the US Coast Guard and the Dept of Homeland Security on matters relating t the safety of commercial industry vessels.
Day 1 of the meeting and, if necessary, the morning of Day 2 will include the following reports and representations: 1.) Review of Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Requirements amended, added or deleted by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. 2.) status of commercial fishing vessel safety rulemaking. 3.) Commercial fishing vessel safety District Coordinators reports on activities and initiatives. 4.) Industry Representatives updates including safety and survival equipment, and class rules for fishing vessels. 5.) Presentation on fatality rates by regions and fisheries and update on safety related projects such as wearing of Personal Floatation devices when working on deck by NIOSH and 5.) Presentations on safety standards by NMFS/NOAA
Days 2 & 3 of the meeting will be primarily dedicated to subcommittee sessions and reports on these topics: USCG communications and outreach to the fishing industry; risk management for vessel owners, operators, and crews; operator competency training requirements; vessel construction standards and alternate safety compliance program requirements; safety and survival equipment requirements, inspections, and testing; mandatory safety examinations and certificates of compliance; and safety program strategies, future plans and long range goals.
the federal register notice linked below describes how to submit comments which are due by Nov. 4th.
USCG CFSAC Meeting notice Oct 2011