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Visit Us at Pacific Marine Expo!

AMSEA will be at Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle, November 18 - 20. Executive Director, Jerry Dzugan will join Washington Sea Grant's Aaron Barnett and Michael P. Lynch of the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response Program in a panel discussion, Fatigue Bites: Safety & Survival Factors in Marine Casualties, November 19, 11:45 to 12:45 at the main stage. Stop by and say "Hi" at booth 4118 in the Alaska section. While you're there, watch our video collision avoidance presentation and take a quiz to enter a drawing for for prizes from the Salmon Sisters, LFS Marine Supply, the F/V Champion, Southeast Alaska Pilots Association, and AMSEA. Do you or yo

Aretha Franklin, Water Safety, and Myths that Won’t Go Away

Aretha Franklin, an American icon recently passed away. Some of us remember when her 1965 hit song, Respect, hit the airwaves. In that song, Aretha’s powerful voice demanded respect as human being and as a woman. ​ The word, respect, has several definitions. In particular, it can mean to give particular attention or concern to a thing. Here in the autumn of 2018, it seems like we still have a long way to go in terms of respect for the water. ​ A short time ago, Alaska went almost two full years without a commercial fishing fatality. As of this past August, we already had 9 fatalities. Last year, we had 10 commercial fishing fatalities in Alaska. The demographics look familiar year to year. M

FishSAC Meeting Nov. 15 & 16 in Seattle

Yesterday, the U.S. Coast Guard announced that the Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee will meet in Seattle, Thursday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, November 16, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to discuss various issues relating to safety in the commercial fishing industry. The meeting is open to the public and may close early if all business is finished. You can check out the agenda in the official announcement in the Federal Register. The Committee will meet at the United States Federal Center South, 4735 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, Washington, 98134. Comments and supporting documentation may be submitted in advance through Nov. 7, 2018. Comments received will

Seven Things You Can Do to Prevent Man Overboard Fatalities

Falls overboard are the second most frequent cause of fatalities in the commercial fishing industry, right after sinking vessels. We're going to get to that list of seven things in a moment. But first, here's a some facts you need to know. From 2000 to 2016, 204 commercial fishermen died from unintentional falls overboard. That’s according to a report published this past April by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The study looked at each incident in order to find any patterns to these tragedies. A few things jump out. The majority of the falls were not witnessed (121; 59.3%). 108 of the victims of unwitnessed falls were never recovered (89.3%). Among the 83 v

Welcome New AMSEA Instructors!

September 24 – 29, AMSEA held its Marine Safety Instructor Training (MSIT) class in its home port of Sitka, Alaska. We had 10 new instructors coming to the Alaska Public Safety Training Academy from the Makah Tribe of Washington; the states of Washington, Hawaii, and California; Sitka Conservation Society and Allen Marine; in addition to local fishermen. Agencies included staff from the NOAA Fisheries Observer Program, the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health, the Coast Guard Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety program, and the Sitka Conservation Society. It was the usual diverse group of maritime organizations which makes the MSIT so dynamic and such a learning experience for eac

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