Coast Guard encourages fishing vessel safety examinations for the 2013 halibut and sablefish fisheries in Alaska

uscg logo“The Coast Guard strongly encourages fishing vessel owners to complete an exam and get their decal,” said Ken Lawrenson, the Coast Guard 17th District commercial fishing vessel safety coordinator.  “Some vessels, including halibut individual fishing quota fishermen, are now required by the National Marine Fisheries Service to have a valid decal prior to carrying a mandatory observer aboard.  No decal means no observer. No observer means no fishing.”  continue