Bristol Bay – How to avoid a Coast Guard ticket this season

As Bristol Bay fishermen put in long hours preparing their boats for another salmon season, the Coast Guard is just as busy making sure those vessels come home safely. “We put in 10-, 12-, 14-hour days some days trying to go as long and hard as we can,” said Russell Hazlett, a commerical fishing vessel examiner with the Coast Guard in Anchorage. “We’re only there for a short amount of time and have a small window to get it all done.” This month, Coast Guard crews will check flares, charts, navigational signals, fire extinguishers, emergency position-indicating beacons and survival suits on up to 450 boats across Bristol Bay at no charge. They won’t penalize operators for any problems they discover at the dock,,, >click to read<09:47

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