Off Soundings - Fishing Vessel Safety & Digest Updated: 26 April, 2013

“Its no fish you are buying, it’s men’s lives.” The Antiquary (1816) ch. 11, Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)

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Fishing Vessel Safety provisions now law.

Section 604 of P.L.111-281, “Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010” makes numerous significant changes to chapter 45 of Title 46 United States Code (U.S.C.), “Uninspected Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels” and chapter 51, “Load Lines.” These changes build on the requirements set forth in the “Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Act of 1988” (P.L. 100-242)

The Fishing Vessel Safety Division (CG-543) has UPDATED a useful summary of Sec. 604, and a summary of Commercial Fishing Vessel training requiremens. REVISED Letter re Mandatory Dockside exam requirements is now posted.

UPDATE ! - Chapter 45, Uninspected Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels, and Chapter 51, Load Line, are now updated to reflect the changes made by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-218)

Ramifications of the CG Authorization Act of 2010
By Commander Chris Woodley
Chief, Prevention Department
USCG Sector Seattle

DIVE TENDER SAFETY

By Tim Clepper the US Coast Guard Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner for Southern Southeast Alaska

COOK STOVE SAFETY Or… “Why does my raingear smell like smoke?”

By Tim Clepper the US Coast Guard Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner for Southern Southeast Alaska

Coast Guard releases reports on death of Bay Area fisherman in collision between cargo ship and fishing boat off Pt. Reyes in July, 2007

Analysis of Fishing Vessel Casualties
A Review of Lost Fishing Vessels and Crew
Fatalities, 1992 - 2007
(Published Oct. 2008)

Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels
ALERT! Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
[Docket No. USCG–2003–16158]

U.S. COAST GUARD HOMEPORT

FishSafe.info to learn about the program, or find an examiner. Or, call one of the Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinators below:

1st DISTRICT / Boston MA (617) 223-8440
5th DISTRICT / Portsmouth VA (757) 398-6554
7th DISTRICT / Miami FL (305) 415-6868
8th DISTRICT / New Orleans LA (504) 671-2154
9th DISTRICT / Cleveland OH (216) 902-6343
11th DISTRICT / Alameda CA (510) 437-5931
13th DISTRICT / Seattle WA (206) 220-7226
14th DISTRICT / Honolulu HI (808) 541-2118
17th DISTRICT / Juneau AK (907) 463-2810


FISHERY MANAGEMENT

GAO REPORT ON IFQs Dec 2002
Better Information Could Improve Program Management

GAO REPORT ON IFQ's Testimony Feb. 2004 Economic Effects on Processors and Methods Available to Protect Communities

GAO REPORT ON IFQs Feb. 2004
Methods for Community Protection and New Entry Require Periodic Evaluation, February

GAO REPORT ON IFQs Mar 2005
Management Costs Varied and Were Not Recovered as Required

GAO REPORT ON FISHERIES MANAGEMENT Feb. 2006
Core Principles and a Strategic Approach Would Enhance Stakeholder Participation in Developing Quote-Based Programs


Data / Information / Risk

"Our lives teem with numbers, but we sometimes forget that numbers are only tools. They have no soul; they may indeed become fetishes. Many of our most critical decisions are made by computers, contraptions that devour numbers like voracious monsters and insist on being nourished with ever-greater quantities of digits to crunch, digest, and spew back." [p. 7]

"The odds — the probability of winning — are all you need to know for betting in a game of chance, but you need far more information to predict who will win and who will lose when the outcome depends on skill as well as luck. There are cardplayers and racetrack bettors who are genuine professionals, but no one makes a successful profession out of shooting craps." [p.14]

Against the Gods -- The Remarkable Story of Risk
Peter L. Bernstein
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1996


Ben-Yami on safety in fishing
Menakhem on Safety in small-scale fisheries

HEADS UP!
News Connecting the West Coast Fishing Community. A collaborative project of Oregon Sea Grant with info on: Industry, Safety, Family, seafood, Weather. Great resource!


COMMERCIAL FISHING VESSEL

SAFETY DIGEST

Correction - page 3-2 (May 2009)

In October 2008 the Commercial Fising Vessel Safety Digest was republished by Alaska Marine Safety Association in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard

USEFUL LINKS to use with THE DIGEST

INDEX to all NV ICs
Navigation and Inspection Circulars

NVIC 5-86 Voluntary Standards for Uninspected Commercial Fishing Vessels

NVIC 7-91 COLD WATERS

NVIC 1-92 Lifesaving Equipment Requirements for Commercial Fishing Vessels
NVIC 1-92 Change 1 | NVIC 1-92 Change 2

NVIC 7-93 Guidelines & Curricula for Fishing Vessel Safety Instructors

NVIC 7-95 Inspection & Maintenance of Wood Hulls

NVIC 3-99 GMDSS & EPIRB requirements
(See pp 13 & 14 for fishing vessels)

NVIC 9-00 Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguishing System Safety

NEW NAVRULES (Revised Oct 19, 2009)

The complete regulations are at — 46 CFR Part 28

 

NEW! Safety Issues Investigation into Fishing Safety in Canada

NEW! The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) fatality and injury reports are now available for 2009 and 2010.


NIOSH has created and maintains the Commercial Fishing Incident Database (CFID), a surveillance system for workplace fatalities in the commercial fishing industry in the United States.

A review of the data from 2000-2009 found that:
• 504 commercial fishermen died while fishing in the United States
• More than half of all fatalities (261, 52%) occurred after a vessel disaster
• Another 155 (31%) fatalities occurred when a
fisherman fell overboard
• Another 51 (10%) fatalities resulted from an injury onboard
• The remaining 37 (7%) fatalities occurred while diving or from onshore injuries

Data for specific regions:

New England

West Coast

Mid-South Atlantic

Gulf

Alaska


New! NTSB FORUM ON FISHING VESSEL SAFETY October 2010. All presentations and background material can be obtained at the forum website.


New! USCG "Best Practices Guide to Vessel Stability - Guiding Fishermen Safety Into the Future"


New! "A Systematic Study of Wave Phasing on Righting Arm Curves for Fishing Vessesl" by John Womach and Bruce Johnson.


cideOTHER USEFUL SITES

Testimony on Fishing Vessel Safety / rch
before Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Navigation
August 2, 1983

Statement for the Record / rch
for the hearing above, August 2, 1983

Compete IFISH I Proceedings—2000

NIOSH Safety and Health: Commercial Fishing Safety (links to all IFISH conferences)

Fishing Vessel Safety in the United States
The Tragedy of Missed Opportunities

by Richard C. Hiscock
A brief history of Fishing Vessel Safety in the U.S.

Presented at IFISH I, Woods Hole, MA, October 2000

Toward Improving the Impact of C&V Surveys on the Safety of Crews of U.S. Commercial Fishing Vessels
by Timothy R. McHugh, Esq. & Richard C. Hiscock, 2000

US Fisheries, too many casualties
by Menakhem Ben-Yami

SAFETY & HEALTH IN THE FISHING INDUSTRY
ILO meeting on Safety & Health,Geneva, Dec. 1999

Triangle of Safety
by Tim Clepper, USCG FV Examiner SE Alaska

Despite law, fishermen face deadliest job risks
USA Today—G. Stoller 03/12/2003

Dangers of the Deep
By Alex Markels
U.S. News & World Report
May 23, 2005

Salt in Our Blood: The Memoir of a Fisherman's Wife
In 2000, Michele Longo Eder began a journal to record what daily life was like for her while her husband and sons were out commercial fishing off the coasts of Oregon, Washington, and northern California. But personal tragedy struck just before Christmas 2001. This book is an offer of healing to her family, her community, and to fishing families everywhere.

The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger is not only a harrowing tail, but a wonderful history of the New England fishery. I highly recommend the book. As far as the movie goes, "Any resemblance to the book is purely coincidental."

20th Anniversary of the Perfect Storm articles from the Gloucester Times and The Cape Cod Times on

Could your pump handle it? flooding that is. Article from Commercial Fisheries News, Nov. 1982.

Unacceptable Risk: Why Commercial Fishing Is the Deadliest Job in America By Kalee Thompson in Popular Mechanics


FISHING VESSEL CASUALTY REPORTS

NEW! Lessons Learned. The loss of the Costa & Corvo Night Shift - A broken autopilot and sudden loss of stability leave a fishing vessel’s crew fatally shorthanded.

NEW! Analysis of Fishing Vessel Casualties
A Review of Lost Fishing Vessels and Crew Fatalities, 1992 - 2010

Analysis of Fishing Vessel Casualties
A Review of Lost Fishing Vessels and Crew Fatalities, 1992 - 2007

Analysis of Fishing Vessel Casualties
A Review of Lost Fishing Vessels and Crew Fatalities, 1994 - 2004

ALTAIR & AMERICUS (02/14/1983)

ALEUTIAN ENTERPRISE (03/22/1990)

ANDREA GAIL (10/30/1991)

LINDA E | LINDA E | LINDA E | LINDA E (12/11/1998)

BETH DEE BOB (01/06/199) CAPE FEAR (01/09/1999) ADRIATIC (01/18/1999)

Fishing Vessel Casualty Task Force Report - 1999

TWO FRIENDS (01/25/2000)

GALAXY (10/20/2002)

LADY OF GRACE (01/27/2007)

LADY LUCK (01/31/2007)

ALASKA RANGER (03/23/2008) NTSB / USCG

Kalee Thompson's recently released book on the ALASKA RANGER Deadliest Sea - The Untold Story Behind the Greatest Rescue in Coast Guard History

PATRIOT (01/03/2009)

LADY MARY NTSB brief (03/24/2009)

KATMAI USCG / NTSB (10/22/2008)


F/V ARCTIC ROSE (04/02/2001)

MARINE BOARD REPORT

Observations on Recommendation One / rch

Seattle Times Article | Seattle Times Editorial

Seattle P-I Article | Seattle P-I Editorial

Coast Guard ‘wimped out’ with safety plan, …
USAToday, Gary Stoller 01-14-2004

No Survivors
A fishing vessel meets a mysterious end in the Bering Sea. (From Proceedings Summer 2010.)

Alaska Fisherman’s Journal - April 2004

AN OPEN DOOR TO TRAGEDY
THE UNANSWERED QUESTION
TEN TONS OF MISUNDERSTANDING

STABILITY CHART

CASE CLOSED? (Editorial)

New!"Time to Flood Analysis For the Fisihng Vessel ARCTIC ROSE" by Bruce Johnson and George Borlease

 


FROM THE 1950s

GUDRUN Jan 1951 ( loss of 15)

PAOLINA 1952