ILWACO - Commercial fishing vessel safety examiners from Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Portland will be in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon coasts from July 28 to Aug. 1 conducting dockside examinations on commercial fishing vessels.

These inspections lead to issuance of a Coast Guard fishing vessel safety compliance decal for vessels that pass an examination. These examinations are free and non-punitive.

Schedule: (May vary due to number of requested exams in each area.)

Westport, Wash., July 28, p.m. to July 29, a.m.

Willapa Bay Area (South Bend, Bay Center, etc.) July 29, p.m.

Ilwaco and Chinook, July 30, a.m.

Astoria, July 30, p.m.

Warrenton, July 30, p.m.

Tillamook, July 31, p.m.

Pacific City, Aug 1, a.m.

The Coast Guard fishing vessel safety compliance decal is highly recommended for ensuring the safety of crewmembers. However, there are other good reasons as well. The NMFS observer program requires the Coast Guard fishing vessel safety compliance decal.

Additionally, those vessels with decals are a lower-priority boarding target for Coast Guard cutters, and if boarded are given an abbreviated boarding, saving the fisherman valuable fishing time. Those fishing vessels without decals are given a thorough boarding that can sometimes take several hours.

The Coast Guard recommends you call and make arrangements ahead of time. However, USCG will conduct examinations for any operator that shows up with a fishing vessel, and will spend as much time as necessary each day to complete all requested examinations.

Contact Curt Farrell at (503) 240-9373 or cell (971) 219-3924 for more information, or to schedule an examination.

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