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Coast Guard Issues Reminder on How to Perform VHF Radio Checks

Last week, the U.S. Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin 20-20, and instructions on how to perform a VHF radio check. The occasion was the October 2 termination of automated radio checks on VHF channels 24-28 by Sea Tow, a commercial towing service popular with boaters along much of the nation's coasts. For a radio check using the Coast Guard's Rescue 21 system, they offer the following instructions. How to test a VHF Radio using Rescue 21: The U.S. Coast Guard continues to offer an automated Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Test Call capability from each of its Rescue 21 coastal stations. All fixed mount marine radios certified by the Federal Communications Commission since

Injuries in Alaska’s Fisheries: A Snapshot

Commercial fishing is widely regarded as one of the most hazardous occupations. With a fatality rate of 74.2 per 100,000 workers, commercial fishing in the U.S. is second only to logging when it comes to work-related death. While we rightly focus on preventing fatalities at sea, commercial fishermen can be subject to wide variety of non-fatal injuries in the course of their careers. Many of us would like to know more about these injuries and what can be done to prevent them. Recently, we received five years of claims data from Alaska’s Fishermen’s Fund, a state operated and fisherman-funded insurance pool. In this article, we’ll dive into the numbers and see if we can’t come up with some act

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