Skip to main content

Coast Guard offers dockside safety exams to fishermen in Bristol Bay (Call 1-907-538-4103)

Date: June 10, 2013 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard is partnering with the Alaska Department of Fish
and Game and the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association to offer commercial safety exams in Bristol Bay communities starting Monday through June 20.

Examiners will arrive in Dillingham, King Salmon/Naknek and Egegik Monday. Fishermen can sign up for an exam by calling Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, at 907-538-4103, or by speaking directly with one of the Coast Guard examiners working in Dillingham, Egegik and King Salmon's harbors.

These free exams give fishermen an opportunity to find and address any safety issues that may be present before they get underway to ensure their safety at sea. The examiners will not issue fines or other penalties for any problems they discover at the dock. The exams focus on man overboard procedures, life jacket use and drill conductor classes, as well as general safety items such as flares, charts, navigational signals, fire extinguishers, emergency position indicating locator beacons, life rafts, and the serviceability of immersion suits to name a few.

Each vessel that passes a dockside exam earns a decal. Fishermen operating vessels with recently-issued decals benefit by being prepared to meet Coast Guard or Alaska State Trooper law enforcement boarding requirements.

Coast Guard enforcement assets will be on scene during the opener and into the 2013 Sockeye Salmon season to ensure the safety of all crewmembers working on the water. The Alaska State Troopers will be running fisheries enforcement operations concurrently with the Coast Guard.

"The Coast Guard intends to provide a coordinated and multi-faceted posture during this year’s opener," said Capt. Paul Mehler III, commander, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. “By working with our partner agencies and offering exams in the cities where the majority of the fleet homeports, we hope to reach as many fishermen as we can. Our goal is to keep our fishermen as safe as possible out there.”

The 2013 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery opened on June 1 with the majority of the fishing taking place from June 15 to July 15. Approximately 1,200 vessels are registered to participate in this year’s fishery. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is forecasting a total sockeye salmon run of 26.03 million fish with a commercial harvest of 17.53 million.

Fatal drowning deaths due to gear entanglement and falls overboard have been a specific concern during this fishery in past years. The extremely cold temperatures of Alaskan waters coupled with weather conditions and vast distances from shore are a deadly combination. It is recommended that all fishermen wear a life jacket when on the deck of any vessel.

For more information on commercial fishing vessel safety please visit

Additional information regarding the Bristol Bay salmon fishery can be found at

Popular posts from this blog

Crabbers get a boost in bairdi Tanner quotas

LAINE WELCH Image via Wikipedia FISHERIES Published: November 7th, 2009 10:10 PM Last Modified: November 7th, 2009 10:12 PM KODIAK -- Kodiak and Alaska Peninsula crabbers got some good news last week -- bigger catch quotas for bairdi Tanner crab, a mid-January fishery important to local economies. Bairdi are the larger cousins of the better-known opilio Tanners, or snow crab. The bairdi boost stems from a big pulse of new crab recruits that biologists have been tracking for years. "That is what's fueling the increase in the harvest this year. We're just getting the very beginning of that year class," said.........

#01-14-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Chinook Conservation, Trawling and Permit-Stacking Addressed by BoF Jan 13, 2014 View of Kodiak from Pillar Mountain (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Jay Barrett/KMXT The Alaska Board of Fisheries wrapped up its Kodiak area meetings on Friday afternoon at the Harbor Convention Center. KMXT’s Jay Barrett spoke with board Chairman Karl Johnstone about some of the decisions that came out of the meeting, and how the meeting schedule may change in the future..... 3:32 PM MON JANUARY 13, 2014 The Dillingham City Council Opposes Passage of House Bill 77 By MIKE MASON The Dillingham City Council has come out in opposition to a bill that is expected to be a major focus of attention during the next session of the Alaska Legislature. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details..... PORT STUDY Corps draft feasibility study on ports due in March

Danish commandos 'monitoring hippies' on Arctic offshore rig #artcticloons

Image by Steve Rhodes via Flickr Alaska Dispatch | May 31, 2011 Armed Danish commandos have (possibly) been summoned to monitor Earth-loving "hippies" clinging to the underbelly of an Arctic deepwater oil rig  off the coast of Greenland , sources say. The environmental non-governmental group  Greenpeace  has published  statements and  video  showing its activists aboard two ships that are attempting to "interfere" with oil exploration going on in the Davis Strait, 100 miles west of Greenland. This business has in turn prompted the Kingdom of Denmark to launch two ships and a few helicopters to monitor the Greenpeace interference. The  Leiv Eriksson  is the source of all this Arctic bait and switch. British oil company  Cairn Energy  is attempting to drill four wells at depths of at least 5,000 feet this summer in "iceberg-strewn sea" with the 53,000-ton offshore oil rig, which has made its way to Arctic waters after a month of failed attempts by Green