As part of AMSEA's mission to reduce injury and death in the marine and freshwater environments, we make available certain publications that our visitors can download free of charge.  Many boaters, divers, fishermen and others find these resources to be valuable and not easily found elsewhere.  Feel free to download at your leisure!

Instructional Videos


AMSEA's YouTube Channel

Video: Man Overboard Prevention and Recovery

NIOSH's YouTube Channel

Video: Operating the USCG P6 Dewatering Pump

Avoiding Collisions with Ships


Ergonomics Information for Commercial Fishing Workers

These presentations were made possible by funding from the U.S. Department of Labor,

OSHA Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.


Part 1 - Introduction to Ergonomics & Back Issues

Part 2 - Upper Extremity- Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Hand Issues

Part 3 - Stretching Exercises to Reduce Risk


These pocket guides were developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.  The publications are meant to be kept on your vessel, or in your workplace, as a reference.


Pocket Guide to Ergonomics - English

Pocket Guide to Ergonomics - Spanish

Pocket Guide to Ergonomoics - Tagalog

Pocket Guide to Ergonomics - Vietnamese


Informational Flyers and Documents


Marine Safety Frequently Asked Questions - Common questions answered.  Questions like: What is the definition of cold water? How long can a person survive in cold water? What is the best kind of PFD? What kind of immersion suit should I buy?  What are the safety requirements for my boat?  What kind of clothing is best for preventing hypothermia?  I lost my drill card, can I get a new one?  How should I dispose of an old EPIRB?


Alaska Diving Safety: Workshop Proceedings - Download via the Alaska Sea Grant Bookstore - 43 pages - 384 KB

The dive harvest industry is poised to boom in Alaska. As fisheries are set up for sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and geoducks, a lot of untrained divers will be harvesting this bonanza. Anticipating a large increase in diving for fun and profit in Alaska's waters, Alaska Sea Grant and the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association held a workshop in July 1997 in Sitka, Alaska, to identify safety education needs for the dive industries. This booklet, a summary of the meeting, is useful to all who are concerned about commercial and recreational dive safety in Alaska.


USCG Revised Notice on the Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Examination Requirement

"On August 15, 2012, I issued a letter explaining that after October 15, 2012, all commercial fishing, fish tender and fish processing vessels that operated (or transited) more than 3 nautical miles offshore must demonstrate full compliance with existing fishing industry vessel safety regulations by completing a biennial safety examination. That requirement was one of several mandates established by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010."

USCG Response to the request from the Southeast Alaska Fishermen's Alliance for

Exemption from Mandatory Dockside Exams

"This letter is in response to your letter dated October 9, 2012, requesting a class exemption from the mandatory dockside examination requirement for commercial fishing vessels less than 79-feet operating in the inside waters of Southeast Alaska. This letter discusses the Coast Guard's enforcement of the requirements..."

Click the heading above to read more!


USCG Notice on the new Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Examination Requirement

"Beginning October 16th of this year, all commercial fishing, fish tender and fish processing vessels that operate (or transit) more than 3 nautical miles offshore must be able to demonstrate full compliance with the existing fishing industry vessel safety regulations found in 46 C.F.R. Part 28, via a mandatory safety examination..."

Click the heading above to read more!


USCG Alert 02-12 Safety Alert: Overloaded Lifting Gear on Fishing Vessels

Safety alert issued June 20, 2012 regarding catastrophic failures of masts, booms, and lift cables have occurred on purse seine fishing vessels resulting in loss of life and severe injuries.


Questions & Answers: Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Training Requirements

This document has been developed in consultation with the U.S. Coast Guard Fishing Vessel Safety Division, Washington, DC that answers many of the most frequently asked questions regarding commercial fishing vessel safety training requirements. This document includes questions about current requirements as well as forthcoming requirements included in the the Coast Guard Authorization Act, which was was signed into law October 15, 2010.


Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-281)
New Requirements for Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels

On September 30, 2010 Congress passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. Included in the Act are new provisions that will affect fishing vessel safety. Although the Act is not yet signed into law, the U.S. Coast has compiled a summary of the forthcoming regulations


USCG Safety Alert 01-10: Stability Practices For Alaskan Commercial Fishermen – 160 KB

In early 2010 the U.S Coast Guard, 17th District issued a Safety Alert entitled Stability Practices For Alaskan Commercial Fishermen. Although the document is addressed specifically to Alaskan fishermen, the practices outlined are applicable to vessels in any commercial fishery, regardless of location.  Vessel stability is a significant contributing factor in many commercial fishing vessel tragedies. Following the practices outlined in this one-page document will ensure safer fishing operations.


USCG Voluntary Safety Initiatives and Good Marine Practices for Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels - DRAFT – OCTOBER 25, 2016

On January 1, 2017 the U.S. Coast Guard replaces the Alternative Safety Compliance Program with the Voluntary Safety Iniatives and Good Marine Practices for Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels. This is voluntary initiative of best practices that the U.S. Coast Guard hopes that operators of commercial fishing vessels will adopt.

Flyer: Avoid Cruise Ship Collisions!

This flyer contains useful tips on how to avoid collisions with cruise ships and other very large vessels. This was produced with the assistance of commercial fisher and marine pilot, Tomi Marsh, and United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters.


Booklets & Manuals


Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Digest – 2008 Edition, updated April 27, 2009, 98 pages, 1.4 MB

The Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Digest brings together all the federal regulations applicable to the operation of uninspected commercial fishing vessels in one location and in an easy to read and understand format.

First published by the USCG in 1978, the 2008 edition of the Digest is newly revised by AMSEA in cooperation with the USCG and Richard Hiscock, author of the original Digest. All information has been meticulously updated.

The Digest of valuable to anyone associated with the U.S. commercial fishing industry including individual fishermen, fleet operators, instructors/trainers, equipment providers, USCG personnel, and others involved with the industry.

Hard copy also available to purchase from the AMSEA Store.


Emergency Instruction & Drill Manual – 700 KB

Designed by AMSEA to help commercial fishermen meet the emergency instructions and onboard drill requirements as per 46 CFR 28.265 and for use in teaching Drill Conductor courses.


Vietnamese language version also available. Download here:

Emergency Instruction & Drill Manual - Vietnamese – 1.6 MB


Hard copy (English edition only) is also available to purchase from the AMSEA Store


Federal Requirements For Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels – 2009 edition, 692KB

This 40-page booklet, published the the U.S. Coast Guard, outlines the regulations applicable to the operation of commercial fishing vessels. This pamphlet is a concise, handy document with essential regulatory information for vessel owners and operators.


Quick Reference: Abbreviated Guide to Navigation Rules of the Road – 1.3MB

This simplified overview of navigation rules of the road is not intended to substitute for the complete Navigation Rules International – Inland, but to serve as a handy reference to refresh one's memory.

Hard copy also available to purchase from the AMSEA Store.  For the full rules go here:  USCG Navigation Rules Online


Risk Assessment Form For Commercial Fishing Trips – 120 KB

Before any commercial fishing trip, the owner or operator can complete this one-page assessment, and then use it to identify high-risk elements of the trip. This assessment aids in identifying steps that should be taken to reduce risk in those elements and for the trip overall.


Companion Student Workbook to the Outdoor Survival Instructor Manual

This is the free, downloadable companion student workbook to the Instructor Manual (buy instructor manual here).


Clean Boating for Alaskans

This booklet helps you think about how you can minimize your boat's environmental impact. It has ideas on how you can—immediately and in the future—operate your boat more efficiently, and more environmentally responsibly, on Alaska’s waters. The publication is a collaboration of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, the National Park Service, and the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program.


Marine Debris Education for Commercial Fishermen
In 2007 AMSEA received funding from the Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation to create a curriculum and supporting materials with the goal of education commercial fishermen about safety and economic issues surrounding marine debris.


Trashing Your Livelihood: Marine Debris Education for Commercial Fishermen – 324 KB

This 12-page curriculum in outline format, allows instructors to easily provide a 15- 50 minute presentation on the topic. It is intended for use in conjunction with the PowerPoint presentation.


Trashing Your Livelihood Brochure – 548 KB


Trashing Your Livelihood Poster –1.9 MB




Brochures are also available to purchase in quantity from the AMSEA Store.


Your Immersion Suit: How To Maintain It, Leak-test It, Repair It - 2010, 180 KB

This two-sided, 8.5" by 14" brochure provides a quick guide to keeping neoprene immersion suits performing optimally between inspections and repairs at an authorized repair facility.  It outlines regular inspection and maintenance, how to test for leaks, and do-it-yourself repairs for small leaks.


Vessel Flooding Control – 360 KB
A quick reference guide to emergency vessel flooding control along with suggested flooding control kit contents.


Boating & Fishing With Children in Alaska - 3.9 MB

Tips from parents who commercially fish with their children aboard, Alaskans who travel, hunt and recreate on the water with their children, and AMSEA staff. Information about outfitting vessels with children in mind, PFDs and other safety concerns, and ideas for keeping children entertained while afloat.


7 Ways to Get Hurt or Killed While Commercial Fishing in Alaska and ideas from fishermen on how to prevent them – 112 KB

Good ideas from real fishermen on how to prevent the most common causes of injuries and deaths at sea, including strains/sprains, machinery injuries, falls, cuts and punctures.


Responding to Dive Emergencies in Alaska - 1.6 MB

Covers Alaska-specific diving challenges, an overview of preparing for a safe boat trip in Alaska, emergency contacts, and State of Alaska emergency treatment guidelines summary for severe hypothermia and dive emergencies.

Fishing, Fatigue, and CEMS - 318 KB

Published by the U.S. Coast Guard, this brochure describes the risks associated with the lack of sleep and makes recommendations for managing those risks through CEMS (Crew Endurance Management System) principles.


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