Category Archive: Safety

SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Safety on the job…

…raining, orientation essential for inexperienced crew   One of the most common concerns and subjects of discussion among commercial fishing vessel owners and captains these days is not about fisheries management regulations. It’s about the lack of good, experienced crew. Maybe you know this scenario.  The plan is to meet at midnight at the boat …

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FISH SAFE: A November to-do list

Get boat, gear, and house in order Spending less time on the water now that the sun goes down early? If you don’t follow the lobsters out to their offshore hideouts in the winter months, or get ready to head south for warmer weather, you probably have developed a number of tasks that you like …

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Safe Boat – Smart Boat

Crew safety orientation vital for all fishing vessel operators   Obviously, all vessels should be equipped with features to ensure the safety of the crew.  But crewmen should also be aware of these features and knowledgeable about their use.  And that can’t be assumed; it must be taught and practiced. All fish vessel captains and …

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SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Transiting unfamilar waters? Know how to read and use the buoyage system for navigable waters

Due to draconian quota reductions on groundfish in the Northeast, as we all know, many local fishing vessels have shifted their fishing grounds logistically to the south and southwest in recent years. From 2010 through present times, many vessels have bought landing permits for New Jersey, Virginia, and North Carolina – allowing them access to …

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CME set to roll in New Bedford, Apr. 27-28; Plenty of interest for fishermen, boat owners

  NEW BEDFORD, MA – With show time rapidly approaching for this year’s upcoming Commercial Marine Expo (CME), event organizers have announced additional details of interest to attendees. The CME, set for Apr. 27-28 on the State Pier in the heart of New Bedford’s revitalized working waterfront, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the show’s …

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SAFE BOAT SMART BOAT: Employing good basic seamanship skills for collision avoidance

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One aspect of the drills I often conduct on fishing vessels, has led me to use a DVD developed by the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education www.swagcenter.org titled “Communication, Navigation, and Mayday.” This really is an awesome tool – showing animated vessels performing and describing the rules of the road. It …

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FISH SAFE: The RESCUE Manual

Preparation, response, and resilience in fishing communities How do communities, specifically fishing communities, cope with the news of a fishing fatality? What happens first? Who is involved? Who should be involved? How does the process move from first responders to support for the families involved? What are the short-term and long-term needs? The close-knit fishing …

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FISH SAFE: To tow or not to tow, that is the question

This is the time of year, perhaps more than any other, when fishermen get into distressful situations. Throughout our region, the water is cold, the weather is variable, the air temperature freezes spray onto the windows, rails, decks, and superstructures, and the sea turns its grayest faces and fiercest crests toward us. The captain seeks …

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Signal devices (flares) make you bigger, brighter, and different

I was prompted to review the use of flares this month after recently reading an article of a 60’ sightseeing vessel with 27 people onboard that capsized so quickly that no distress call was made. Fortunately, the life raft deployed – providing shelter for some of the individuals – and unbeknownst to them they found a …

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SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Don’t delay – It’s time for you to get familiar with the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) feature on your VHF

If you have purchased a new VHF radio in the last three or four years it is likely that you have a red tab, and red button under the tab, that will relay a distress signal to the Coast Guard.  This activates the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) feature on your VHF. The problem is, in …

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