Making Progress on Relief for Shrimp Vessels

Today the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee adopted two of the Southern Shrimp Alliance’s legislative priorities–   1) Repeal of the current statutory requirement for any newly built commercial fishing vessel greater than 50 ft. LOA operating beyond 3 nm to be designed, constructed and maintained according to the standards of a classification society, and to be certified […]

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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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Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Changes

Good Afternoon,   I just received a notice from Head Quarters on some of the pending changes that were passed into law by Congress for the Coast Guard.  These changes were made in the U.S. COAST GUARD AUTHORIZATION ACT of 2010 and then Amended in the USCG & MARITIME TRANSPORTATION ACT of 2012.  This notice will address the portions of […]

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EPA vessel discharge permit signed by President

The President signed into law the “Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014” which includes the provision to extend for three years the current exemption for all fishing vessels of any size from the EPA NPDES discharge permit requirements. The EPA regulations were poised to take effect today. This was accomplished by a lot of industry folks working together […]

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UNPRECEDENTED FISHING INDUSTRY SUPPORT FOR SENATE VESSEL DISCHARGE PERMIT EXEMPTION BILL

Working in coalition with representatives of the Garden State Seafood Association, the West Coast Seafood Processors Association, and the National Association of Charterboat Operators, the Southern Shrimp Alliance has played a leading role in generating a powerful letter of support to the United States Senate for S.2904 – the “Vessel Incidental Discharge Act”.  https://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/cialFishingandCharterFishingLetterofSupportApril12014.pdf The bill will make permanent the […]

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IMPORTANT PROGRESS MADE ON VESSEL DISCHARGE PERMIT EXEMPTION LEGISLATION

In the United States Senate: Senators Begich (D-AK) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have crafted a bipartisan bill– S. 2094; the “Vessel Incidental Discharge Act” to establish a uniform national system of environmentally sound standards and requirements governing ballast water discharges and other discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels. The primary focus of the bill is on effectively regulating […]

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USCG – termination of 2182 kHz watchkeeping

“The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that, effective 1 August, it will no longer maintain a watch on 2182 kHz, will no longer guard the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) channel 2187.5 kHz, and will no longer transmit Marine Information Broadcasts on 2670 kHz. The minimal use of these channels by mariners for distress and safety coupled with antenna site […]

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Addressing Permit and Gear Requirements

EXPLORE FURTHER: Rock Shrimp Permit Requirements NPDES Permits Bycatch Reduction Devices Latent Moratorium Shrimp Permits The environmental community, including the Ocean Conservancy, has launched a new campaign to eliminate what they refer to as “latent” permits in the Gulf shrimp fishery—meaning those permits associated with vessels that have not made shrimp landings in recent years for whatever reason.  Amendment 13 […]

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