The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Is requesting your comments Deadline to submit comments is August 21, 2017
Are there federal fishing/shrimping regulations that you think are unnecessary? Regulations that cause unnecessary expense? Regulations that are unfair and do not allow ALL fishemen to fish a certain species? NOAA wants to hear your comments on how they can change! This is being requested by President Trump.
President Trump wants"AMERICAN SEAFOOD FIRST"so get involved and help make our industry 1st.
Now is the time to let NOAA know which regulations they have in place that:
Eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation; are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective; impose costs that exceed benefits; create a serious inconsistency or interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies.
PLEASE THINK ABOUT THIS AND SEND IN YOUR COMMENTS. Fishermen get involved! Click here for more info and to submit your comments
US Coast Guard is requesting comments Deadline to submit USCG comments is September 11, 2017
Read the Coast Guard Act of 2010 Update of New Requirements for Fishing Industry Vessels- Click here
These regulations may not effect all fishermen right now but may in the future. We believe that we all should stand united and stand up for every sector of the industry. Please take a stand for your fellow fishermen and click on the link and comment about regulations that we do not need!
President Trump has ordered government agencies to evaluate existing regulations and identify those that could be repealed. If you would like to comment please list which regulations and explain the reason you think it should be repealed. Please list the “CFR” or “USC” number that references the regulation you are commenting about before each one. I have attached the U.S.Coast Guard Act of 2010 so that you all can view info of the regulations for commercial fishermen.
Info on things that commercial fishermen have been complaining about is listed below. Read this info then decide which regulations you want repealed and why you want them repealed. You might have a different regulation you would like repealed. What ever it is, pleas send in your comments and concerns. Please click on the link and comment! These regulations might not affect you now but might in your future. Let’s stand up for the industry as a whole and tell President Trump to stop all these unnecessary regulations that are imposed on us.
Click here to comment to the Coast Guard on issues that you think should be repealed:
Some regulations you may want to comment on in your statements are: The Gulf of Mexico (GOM) waters and commercial fishing fleet are different then waters and vessels on the East Coast and other areas. We should not have the same regulations as passenger vessels and large oil field vessels. When the fishing vessel safety program was launched in the 90’s, fatalities in the commercial fishing industry were drastically reduced. The number of vessels lost has been reduced by over 60 %. Unnecessary rules and regulations will add burdensome costs to our GOM commercial fishing fleet.
Safety is the first concern to the GOM commercial fishermen. We think that the USCG should concentrate on “man overboard”. Crew members on commercial fishing vessels should wear a comfortable life saving vest while on deck. In most cases of man overboard the person was not wearing a safety vest and many did not know how to swim.
Also machinery safety is a concern. Wench guards are a good way to stop crew members form entanglement in the cables/winches.
Safety course requirements are better and more productive then extensive regulations that are costly should not be imposed on our GOM fishermen.
46 USC 4503 is the build standards for newly constructed vessels greater than 50 ft. in length. This regulation will add 25-40% to the cost of a build.
This is an unnecessary and unjustified regulation. Commercial fishermen cannot afford to have plans drawn or approved by a certified naval architect. The law does not allow us to have a Coast Guard approve plans or inspect the build. The oil and gas industry boats can have their plans approved by the Coast Guard & the Coast Guard conducts the periodic inspections during the build. This is surely not fair to the commercial fishing industry.
33 CFR 164.46 is the Class B AIS 9 (Automatic Identification System) requirements for vessels 65 feet and greater. An estimated cost of these units is around $2000.00 installed. We do not event think that this system is needed by our GOM commercial fishermen. This is another regulation that brings unnecessary costs to them. If this regulation is not repealed, we suggest intensive training of this system should be provided to commercial fishermen required to have them.
More info on this USCG request can be found at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCG-2017-0480-0063