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Journal of Agromedicine Calls for Papers

The Journal of Agromedicine is planning a special issue on the topic of occupational safety and health (OSH) in fishing, aquaculture, and seafood processing. The special issue is an outgrowth of OSH research presented at The Fifth International Fishing Industry Safety and Health Conference (IFISH 5) in St. John's, Newfoundland, this past June. The Journal invites submissions related to recent scholarly/research activities either presented at IFISH 5 or relevant data/information that has been collected in the months since the conference. Topics should directly discuss issues pertaining to OSH in one of these industries. The Journal encourages manuscripts discussing small-scale fisheries, high

High School Students Get Drill Conductor Training

AMSEA Instructor, Mike Morris, spent a cold, rainy, Tuesday afternoon in Sitka's Crescent Harbor this week. It was all part of Sitka High School teacher, Jeremy Strong's outdoor recreation class. As part of the class, students completed AMSEA's U.S. Coast Guard-accepted Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor training. We like to include in-the-water training in a drill conductor class, whenever possible. It gives mariners hands-on experience with immersion suits, PFDs, and life rafts. Many school districts in Alaska include AMSEA training in their curriculum. Contact Emma Edson at emma@amsea.org or call (907) 747-3287 if you would like to learn how you can bring AMSEA marine safety training to y

Ergonomic Training for Seafood Processing Workers

AMSEA is again bringing free ergonomics safety training to workers at seafood processing plants. We have received a Susan Harwood grant from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) to provide this training to employees at U.S. seafood processing plants, at no charge to the employer in 2019. Not sure what ergonomics is about? Think of it as designing jobs, work processes, and tools to to better fit the human body. That way your employees can work more efficiently, more safely, and with less effort. Since 2013, AMSEA has trained more than 5,000 seafood processors and commercial fishermen how to avoid work-related injuries using ergonomic principles. AMSEA’s ergonomic safety tr

BBRSDA Wants You! (to teach F/V Drill Conductor classes in Bristol Bay)

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association has teamed up with AMSEA to create a scholarship program to train three new Marine Safety Instructors to teach in the Bristol Bay region. Selected applicants will receive a full tuition scholarship from AMSEA to attend our Marine Safety Instructor Training in Seward, Alaska, April 23-28, 2019, a $995 value. BBRSDA will pay for travel, food, and lodging. To be considered, you must fish commercially and be based seasonally or year round in Dillingham or Naknek. You must apply before March 8, 2019, and you must commit to teaching at least two Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor classes in the Bristol Bay region in advance of the 2019 salmon se

A Gift that Keeps on Giving!

Why does this guy looks so happy? Maybe, it's because he's stepping off a Coast Guard helicopter after his fishing boat sank in the Gulf of Alaska. While that's a bad day in any fisherman's career, it could have been so much worse. Would you like to hear more news of crews saved? This holiday season, give a gift of emergency preparedness and survival training to commercial fishermen and other mariners, by becoming an AMSEA member. Your membership donation helps AMSEA continue to bring marine safety and cold-water survival training to communities around the United States. Since 1985, AMSEA has taught marine safety skills to tens of thousands of mariners. In the past year alone, AMSEA traine

FCC Rules Prohibit AIS Fishing Buoys

We just received an FCC Enforcement Advisory from our local Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Examiner. The Federal Communications Commision and the U.S. Coast Guard are getting the word out, that the use of AIS transmitters, commonly marketed as "AIS Fishing Net Buoys" is a violation of FCC rules. "Anyone advertising or selling these noncompliant fishing net buoys or other noncompliant AIS devices should stop immediately, and anyone owning such devices should not use them. Sellers, advertisers, and operators of noncompliant AIS equipment may be subject to substantial monetary penalties." While marking your gear with a radio beacon that you can find on your AIS receiver might sound like a goo

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