Classification Standards – Alternative Compliance – Survey


Have your voice heard regarding recent changes to classification standards for commercial fishing vessels.
Specifically, these changes began in 2010 and 2012 when U.S. law expanded, requiring that catcher vessels and fish tender vessels built after July 1, 2013 and over 50 feet in length to be built and maintained to classification standards, a requirement that previously only applied to fish processing vehicles. The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 further amended these requirements so that new catcher and fish tender vessels between 50 and 79 feet in length do not necessarily need to be classed. However, ships of this size must still be designed and constructed to standards equivalent to classing with the oversight of naval architects and marine surveyors.

In light of these changes, congress has asked us, at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), to conduct a review analyzing the impact of these legislation changes on the commercial fishing industry. Over the past few months, we have met with a number of people active in the industry from across the U.S., including trade organizations, vessel owner/ operators, ship builders, naval architects, as well as marine insurers, academics and safety experts. We have also held two other forums with trade organization representatives, owner/ operators, and shipbuilders in California and New Orleans, LA.
As such, with this email we would like to invite vessel owner/ operators and trade organization representatives working in the North Pacific commercial fishing industry to spread the word and attend our third and final forum to be held in Seattle, Washington on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 2 PM. The event will be held at GAO’s Seattle field office, which is located at 701 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, Washington. Additional details about our ongoing review and the forum can be found in the attached document. Moreover, a questionnaire that we have asked vessel owner/ operators to complete is attached. Any information that you are willing to share in the completion of this questionnaire is much appreciated.

Please RSVP to Erin at or LeAnna at by no later than Friday, February 10, 2017, so we can ensure a smooth arrival process for all our attendees and start our meeting in a timely fashion. Completed questionnaires can also be emailed to either Erin or LeAnna.

Erin L. Stockdale, Sr. Analyst
Acquisition and Sourcing Management
U.S. Government Accountability Office
Dayton Field Office
2196 D Street, Area B, Building 39
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433
(614) 804- 7562


Hockema P1601 170120 FV Current Design Construction Standards 1.30.17

VSIGMPForCFVs_Jan-2017.pdf0 Good Marine Practices 012017

Survey  ALL_STAFF-#1649696-v11-100955_FORUM_HANDOUT_2 1.30.17



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IPHC News Release

The IPHC finished their meeting Friday morning and IPHC published the following news release with the adopted catch limits and season dates.

The Coastwide total is up 5.1%; the Alaska portion of the FCEY is 5.5%; 2C FCEY is up 6.1% and 3A is up 4.2%



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Sablefish Longline Pot Fishery regulations are effective January 27, 2017

The longline pot fishery for sablefish IFQ’s regulations have been published and become effective January 27, 2017. In answering questions from members, we put the following summary of the regulations together for easier understanding by the fishermen. This is just a summary and it is your responsibility as a fisherman to understand all the regulations.

Longline Pot Gear in Gulf of Alaska Sablefish IFQ Fishery White Paper 1.16.17 (Final)

This regulation implementation date is being pushed back  for 60 days for a review with potential for a new notice and reopening of the regulation.. If this regulation is reviewed and not re-opened, the soonest it could now take effect is March 27th.  This delay is due to an action by President Trump that freezes all regulations passed in the last 60 days that have not been published and any regulation that was published are being held for 60 days to allow for a review.

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Voluntary USCG Safety Initiatives and Good Marine Practices for Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels January 2017

The USCG has issued this guidance for Good Marine Practices. This took place of the Alternate Compliance Program

VSIGMPForCFVs_Jan-2017.pdf0 Good Marine Practices 012017

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Senate Committee Assignments for 30th Legislature

Senate Committee Assignments 2017-2018.pdf

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Thomas Bay RFP 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.

2017 Thomas Bay RFP 1.3.17

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2017 Blackcod Almanac

2017 Blackcod Almanac 1.3.17

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Task Force/ Fishery Meeting Documents

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

2016 GNTF Ktn fina

2016 GNTF D68 Post Season Review

2016 D11 GNTF

D-15 2016 DGNTF Presentation

2016 NSRAA Returns – 2017 Fcast Fall Bd Mtg Chip

SSRAA Gillnet Task Force Nov 2016

2016_DIPAC_GN_Taskforce 11.29.16

ADF&G Escapement Gillnet presentation 2016

Salmon Effort and Value Handout 11.18.16


Regional Planning Team (RPT)  11/30/16 9:00 am  Fall 2016 RPT draft agenda

2016-10-12 HFH Thomas Bay chum (2) PAR

2016-10-28 Sawmill Cr Hatchery BMP DRAFT

draft MCH-HF stock chum Bear Cove release


Spawn on Kelp Meeting  11/30/16  6:00 pm

Southeast Alaska Herring Spawn on Kelp TF Agenda 11.30.16

Craig ROK Herring 11.30.16


Seine Meeting  12/1/16  9:00 am  Seine TF Agenda 12.1.16

ORSI-2016 PSTF Juneau 01 Dec 2016 FINAL

ADF&G Escapement Gillnet presentation 2016

2016 PSTF Ktn Mgmt final

2016 PSTF Meeting Presentation_Sit

2016 Seine Task Force-Psg-Wrgl

2016 Juneau Seine TF presentation

2016 NSRAA Returns – 2017 Fcast Fall Bd Mtg Chip

SSRAA Gillnet Task Force Nov 2016

2016_DIPAC_Purse_Taskforce 12.1.16

Salmon Effort and Value Handout 11.18.16


King and Tanner Task Force Meeting 12/2/16 1:00 pm

KTTF News Release & Agenda 11.18.16

SEAK Commercial RKC presentation december 2017

RKC Mark Recapture Update KTTF 2017_ajm

SEAK Commercial Tanner Crab Presentation 2017

GKC KTTF 2016_December meeting

2016-2017 Tanner stock status data packet for distribution 12.29.16




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Draft Voluntary Safety Initiatives – Good Marine Practices for Commercial Fishing Vessels

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

Voluntary Safety Initiatives – Good Marine Practices for CFVs – 25Oct201 (002)

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Alternative Safety Compliance Program Put on Hold

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.

Enahnced Oversight Program and Safety Guidelines for Commercial Fishing Vessels – MSIB 11-16 7.21.16

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