Category Archive: FISH SAFE

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This year’s numbers of disabled vessels and medevacs are high in USCG District 1 Each year for one of the summer issues of CFN, I review the Coast Guard (USCG) District 1 data year-to-date to see if there are any safety topics that need to be brought to the fore.  This year the number of disabled …

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FISH SAFE – Caring for PFDs: Inspecting, rearming, and storing

Do you have a new personal flotation device (PFD) or lifejacket?  Are you readying your present PFD gear for spring and summer fishing? Lend an ear. Here are some tips to help ensure that your PFD, which we hope you are wearing every time you are on the water, will be able to function as …

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Fish Safe – Good news for safety training programs in the region

Although it is still plenty cold along the East Coast, fishermen and the organizations that serve them are starting off 2021 with good news on the funding front and an impressive choice of safety trainings to attend. On Jan. 1, Congress overrode President Donald Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY21 which …

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FISH-SAFE: The mayday distress call – Where it originated, when to use it, and when not to

Before the mayday distress call existed, that is before the radio as we know it was in use, telegraph operators used the Morse Code signal — three dots, three dashes, three dots — to communicate distress.  The sound of the tapped dots and dashes are often expressed as dih, dih, dih, dah, dah, dah, dih, …

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FISH SAFE: Pandemic stress is real, but fishermen finding ways  to cope, survive, push forward through COVID-19

We can always count on the fact that the full moon of August, the Sturgeon Moon, will give way to the full moon of September, the Corn Moon. It happens every year with astronomical consistency in the heavens. But here in 2020, on earth versus the heavens, any consistency we expected in past years – …

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FISH-SAFE: Vessel incidents and economic impact – Any relationship?

The fishing industry, as we all know, was hit hard beginning this past March when the COVID-19 pandemic really took hold in the US. While federal and state governments identified and designated fishing as an “essential industry” – one that could remain open while others had to shut down – the supply chains associated with fishing …

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FISH-SAFE: Fishing industry during COVID-19: Essential, but paralyzed?

What do you do when your industry is categorized “essential” — along with agriculture, pharmacies, grocery stores, manufacturing, and hospitals — but your supply chain is disrupted? You adapt.  Something that fishermen here are good at, though no one has ever seen anything quite like this. On Mar. 15, Gov. Janet Mills of Maine declared …

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FISH-SAFE: A review of 2019 casualties from the Coast Guard database 

When we reflect back on the past year in the region’s commercial fishing industry, we first remember those whom we lost. It was a difficult year. There are eight families and numerous friends who lost fishermen from our area in 2019.  These folks have endured difficult changes in their lives and have had to make …

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FISH-SAFE: Colder weather may spur “hot work;”  certain precautions should be taken 

Cold weather here in the Northeast means many fishermen have hauled-out and will be making repairs over the coming months – either by themselves or by working with local marinas or boatyard facilities. Cold weather, of course, also means that some materials — I am thinking metal pipes and such — may be under stress …

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FISH-SAFE: Looking-out for the observers

As most readers know, fishery observers are trained participants in the National Observer Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who accompany fishing trips. They observe how much fish and what species are being caught, how bycatch is handled by the captain, and whether the boat is adhering to catch limits. When the …

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