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2019 Sitka MSIT

Today is the halfway point for this year's Marine Safety Instructor Training (MSIT) in Sitka. Yesterday, students and instructors toured U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka. On the tour, students practiced with a U.S.C.G. P6 dewatering pump, toured a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, and learned about the Air Station's mission and area of operations. Many thanks to LT. Kyle Johnson, AST 3 Tyler Connors, and the rest of the Air Station crew for the tour! The MSIT is AMSEA's intensive 44-hour, U.S. Coast Guard-accepted, "train-the-trainer" course that all AMSEA instructors complete. The course provides new instructors hands-on training with the required survival equipment found on most commercial fishi

NTSB Releases Safer Seas Digest 2018

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its Safer Seas Digest 2018: Lessons Learned from Marine Accident Investigations. The annual digest is a summary of NTSB investigations of marine accidents from the previous year. Of the thirty accidents investigated, seven involved commercial fishing boats. The facts of each accident are summarized, as are the factors contributing to the accident. Of particular interest is the Lessons Learned section. Many accidents have contributing factors in common and this section of the digest makes recommendations for preventing accidents from occurring. The safety issues examined include: High-water/high-current conditions Watertight integri

AMSEA Receives New Training Grant from NIOSH & USCG

In August, NIOSH notified us that AMSEA is a recipient of a two-year training grant. Major objectives of this grant award are providing Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor classes in parts of the country where training is not readily available. In addition, AMSEA will train new instructors in those under-served areas to provide that training. AMSEA will also roll out new U.S. Coast Guard-accepted marine safety classes. In total, NIOSH will provide $325,000 in funding. The money for this funding opportunity were appropriated by Congress and included in the Coast Guard budget. The Coast Guard partnered with NIOSH to make the grant awards. AMSEA is one of four organizations that received training gr

AMSEA Receives Award at Kenai's Industry Appreciation Day

Rep. Ben Carpenter (left) , R-Nikiski, presents an award Saturday to Executive Director,Jerry Dzugan, for AMSEA's support of the commercial fishing industry during Industry Appreciation Day in Kenai. Photo Credit: Brian Mazurek / Peninsula Clarion The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District and the Alaska Oil and Gas Association recognised AMSEA with an award for Outstanding Support in Commercial Fishing at their annual Industry Appreciation Day, on August 24. Fifteen individuals and businesses in four industries, oil and gas, commercial fish, tourism and health care, were recognised for their contributions to the community. AMSEA's nomination for the award was recommended by the Unite

Fishing Safety Success Story: The More You Wear It, The Better Off You Are

Dennis Robillard and his son, Tyler, are New England lobstermen and they know the value of wearing a PFD while on deck. After attending an AMSEA Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor class, taught by Fishing Partnership Support Services, they purchased inflatable life vests to wear while fishing. It wasn’t long after, that Tyler fell overboard while working on deck. Dennis brought the boat around and was able to quickly recover his son. Both men credit Tyler’s PFD with saving his life. Watch the video to get the full story. We commend Dennis and Tyler for their attention to safe fishing operations and Fishing Partnership Support Services for their commitment to providing marine safety training to c

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