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U.S. Coast Guard Releases Voluntary Safety Initiatives and Good Marine Practices for Commercial Fish

This past week, the U.S. Coast Guard released a new voluntary program replacing the existing Alternate Safety Compliance Program (ASCP). If you aren’t sure what the ASCP was about, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 and the Marine Transportation Act of 2012 call for fishing vessels to meet safety standards issued by classification societies. Recognizing that most existing fishing vessels will not be able to meet the classification standards, the ASCP was written to provide an alternative means for these vessels to meet the improved standards. The problem is that regulations incorporating the new standards have yet to be adopted and it’s hard to have an alternative to a regulatory requ

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