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National Transportation Safety Board Marine Accident Brief

Good morning,

I hope this email finds you safe and successful in whichever fishery you participate in. In addition to the below link identifying the importance of maintaining a proper lookout at all times, I want to remind everyone of the scheduled Safety Decal requirement on October 15, 2015. You can call or reply this email to schedule the free, “no-fault” exam.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the report of its investigation of the collision of the offshore supply vessel (OSV) Gloria May and the fishing vessel Capt Le on 24 August 2014 in the Gulf of Mexico. The fishing vessel was holed and sank. Damage to the OSV was minor. There were no injuries resulting from the collision. The major cause of the collision was the failure of the crew of both vessels to maintain an adequate lookout. MAB 15-16 <http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1516.pdf> [located at

http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAB1516.pdf

Best regards,

James Stellflug
U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego

Proposed Federal Rule re Revision to Prohibited Species Regulations

This proposed rule was published in today’s federal register which will allow HMS permitted fishermen (incl Albacore fishermen) to retain Salmon and Pacific halibut, if all of the necessary regulations for those respective fisheries are followed (ie – permits, season is open, using proper gear and not in a closed area or in an area not covered by the fisherman’s salmon permit). http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-04/pdf/2015-13637.pdf

The following is taken directly from the text of the proposed rule, “The main entities to which this action would apply are fishermen that fish for albacore using surface hook-and-line gear, as they often have the opportunity to fish for salmon with the same gear and on the same trip. Typically, albacore are available off of the coast of Oregon and Washington around May or June, while the salmon season is also open. Though albacore is caught beyond 10 miles off the coast, fishermen sometimes stop to catch salmon when returning to port and generally inside of 5 miles from the coast.”

NMFS is taking public comments through June 19 on this.