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Commercial Shark Fishery Observer Program

Observer Training

Safety Training
The safety of observers while at sea is one of the most important aspects of this program. We spend part of our training session going over basic survival skills, safety gear, safety issues on board commercial fishing vessels and how to react in the case of an emergency. All of the vessels that participate in our observer program are required to possess a Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Decal and no observer will be placed on board vessels that do not. To make sure the observers are familiar with all safety gear on board the vessels they are assigned to, a safety checklist must be filled out prior to departure. The following links provide some basic information about emergency situations on boats, how to deal with them and what type of safety gear to look for on commercial fishing vessels.

"Federal Requirements for Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels" is a informational brochure published by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Seventh U.S. Coast Guard Unit

United States Coast Guard's Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection website

United States Coast Guard's Requirements for Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels

observer safety
Speaker from the U.S. Coast Guard instructs class on various aspects of the commercial fishing industry © FLMNH