New NIOSH Report: Gulf Shrimp Fleet the Safest

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the federal government agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. This includes generating data on casualties in the U.S. commercial fishing fleets.   For years the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Coast Guard have relied heavily on NIOSH data in developing […]

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Request for Public Comments: Coast Guard Regulatory Form

Good Day, An opportunity to effect change!  The U.S. Coast Guard has put forth a request for public comments on “Evaluation of Existing Cast Guard Regulations, Guidance Documents, Interpretative Documents, Collection of Information” by Executive Orders for regulatory form. You will have until 10 July, 2017 to provide your comments. Feel free to contact me or your local examiner for […]

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Reduced Cost – AMSEA Commercial Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Course

Good Day, Drill Conductors Safety Course to be held at Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Cafe, 702 Fisherman’s Wharf, FL 33931.  Register online or call AMSEA at (907) 747-3287. The cost for the class is $FREE for commercial fishermen, thanks to support from the U.S. Coast Guard and NIOSH.  This course will fulfill the U.S. Coast Guard requirement; 46 CFR 28.270 – Instruction, Drills, […]

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SAFETY ALERT – INFLATABLE LIFE JACKETS

United States Coast Guard Headquarters Inspections and Compliance Directorate Washington, DC Safety Alert 13-16 September 12, 2016 WE’RE NOT INFLATING THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS MESSAGE CHECK FOR PROBLEMS BEFORE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT! This safety alert reminds all inflatable life jacket users of the importance of performing periodic maintenance on their equipment. Instances of fatal accidents where inflatable life […]

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Coast Guard Issues New Strategy for Alternate Safety Compliance Program

Today the Coast Guard issued a new Marine Safety Information Bulletin substantially revising their plans for future development and implementation of the Alternate Safety Compliance Program for older commercial fishing vessels. Please click the following link to view the Marine Safety Information Bulletin: http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Marine-Safety-Information-Bulletin-011_16-13-July-16-ASCP-Update-.pdf SSA strongly encourages all owners/operators of commercial shrimp fishing vessels greater than 50 ft LOA built prior […]

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USCG Marine Safety Alert 07-16

Good Day, The U.S. Coast Guard has put out a Safety Alert for unicellular foam lifejackets.  “It was discovered that the unicellular foam buoyant material within the nylon outer shell had degraded significantly over time, broke apart, crumbled and in some instances was reduced to dust.”  Please read the following link or attachment and take a good look at your […]

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FECSPI and Southern Shrimp Alliance Joint Meeting

Florida East Coast Shrimp Producers Inc. Shrimp Producers Association P O Box 373 – Yulee FL 32041-0373 Telephone 904-261-6615 FAX 904-261-4016 Email: fecspi@aol.com                               Cell: 904-588-4423   Southern Shrimp Alliance P.O. Box 1577 Tarpon Springs, FL 34688 955 E. MLK Dr. Suite D Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 727-934-5090 Fax 727-934-5362 TO: All Shrimpers, other Commercial Fishermen, Members and Interested parties. FROM: […]

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CFVS – Marine Safety Information Bulletin

The link below is Clarification of Mandatory Safety Exams for Commercial Fishing Vessels from U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/USCG-MSIB-12-15-CFVS-Exam-Requirement-Clarification-20OCT2015.pdf Regards, Mr. Al Waterford, USCG (ret.) Program Manager, Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Fishing and Passenger Vessel Examiner United States Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg Preventions Department 155 Columbia Dr. Tampa, FL 33606 Tel #: (813) 228-2196, ext. #8136 Fax #: (813) […]

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Drill Conductor Training & other updates

From Lindsey Parker:  We are going to host FREE safety courses in March. AMSEA (Alaska Marine Safety Education Association) is covering the cost for commercial fishermen.          Drill Conductor Training course on Saturday, March 21, 8AM -9PM.  (This class is usually $175, but it is FREE for commercial fishermen.)          Sunday, March 22, 8AM – 3PM, a class titled “Upright […]

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