The USCG has issued this guidance for Good Marine Practices. This took place of the Alternate Compliance Program
Voluntary USCG Safety Initiatives and Good Marine Practices for Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels January 2017
NSRAA is in the process of developing a new chum release site outside of Petersburg in Thomas Bay. Proposals are being requested for operating contracts for the Thomas Bay remote chum rearing site for 2017. Proposals are due by January 13th, 2017 by the close of the business day. See proposal below for more information or call Scott Wagnor at NSRAA for more information or for questions 907-747-6850.
The following meetings will be held in Juneau the week following Thanksgiving.
Click on the Agenda for teleconference and meeting location information.
Gillnet Meeting 11/29/16 9:00 am Gillnet TF Meeting 11.29.16
Regional Planning Team (RPT) 11/30/16 9:00 am Fall 2016 RPT draft agenda
Spawn on Kelp Meeting 11/30/16 6:00 pm
Seine Meeting 12/1/16 9:00 am Seine TF Agenda 12.1.16
King and Tanner Task Force Meeting 12/2/16 1:00 pm
The development of the Alternate Safety Compliance Program (ASCP) effort was put on hold this summer (at least as a mandatory set of new requirements). The requirements came out of the legislation funding the Coast Guard in both 2010 and 2012. The ASCP was originally designed to apply to commercial fishing vessels 50′ and over that are not “classed” once they become 25 years old. This effort was transitioned into the attached Voluntary Safety Initiatives/Good Marine Practices for Commercial FVs. We are anticipating further guidance from CG Headquarters prior to January 1st on how to put this new initiative into practice.
The Initiative has also been posted on the Coast Guard’s “Maritime Commons” about the VSIGMP and encouraging the public/industry to provide feedback through their local Coast Guard dockside fishing vessel examiner or District Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinators. For Alaska, comments would go to Anthony.S.Wilwert@uscg.mil.
The USCG has put the Alternative Safety Compliance Program (ASCP) on hold and instead are developing and Enhanced Oversight Program (EOP) for commercial fishing vessels by January 1, 2017. Whereas the ASCP would have been subject to federal rule-making the Enhanced Oversight Program will only implement requirements that will draw upon existing Captain of the Port Authorities and be prescribed by policy.
Also, The Coast Guard will develop Voluntary Safety Guidelines for older CFV’s by January 1, 2017. These voluntary guidelines and recommended best practices will be based on analysis of casualty data from the past 10 years by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
Attached is the agenda and presentations for the KTTF meeting
ALASKA DIESEL ELECTRIC AND DENALI FEDERAL CREDIT UNION HAVE NOW TEAMED UP. WE ARE OFFERING FINANCING FOR MARINE GENERATORS FOR SEAFA MEMBERS. SEE LINK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION