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Alert: Shipyard Safety: Dissecting OSHA Regulation 1915.81

Shipyard employers have numerous state and federal laws they must follow to create a safe work environment for their employees. Anyone who oversees a shipyard and employs people must understand what important federal housekeeping regulations should be followed. It is the responsibility of a shipyard employer to take the appropriate safety precautions to prevent workplace

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Ilwaco Community Rallies to Salvage Crabbing Season After Dock Fire

On January 22, the Ilwaco Landing dock and fishing community suffered from a large fire, just days before the most important season opener for many coastal fishers. Stockpiles of crab pots were set ablaze, and many in the fishing community were worried about whether they would be able to recover in time for the start

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Ethel May Fisherman Remains Lost at Sea After Capsizing in Willapa Bay

The Seattle Times reported yesterday that fisherman Bryson Fitch, a crew member of the Ethel May, remains lost at sea more than 6 weeks after the vessel capsized near Willapa Bay on February 5th, 2023. Fitch, a crab fisherman, husband, and father of three, is the only crew member still unaccounted for. Mark Nowlin of

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Seattle Fisherman’s Memorial Board Offers Significant Rebates for Certain NPFVOA Vessel Safety Program Trainings.

Seattle Fisherman’s Memorial Board Offers Significant Rebates for Certain NPFVOA Vessel Safety Program Trainings

The Seattle Times recently reported that 13 mariners attended a survival skills training last week to prepare them in the event that they are forced to abandon ship while at sea. The training is part of the North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association (NPFVOA) Vessel Safety Program and is approved by the US Coast Guard.

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Dramatic Drop in Dungeness Crab Price Threatens Livelihoods of Crab Fishers

Introduction The Seattle Times reported that due to a dramatic decrease in resale price, crab fishers are making a mere 2 dollars per pound of Dungeness crab they catch. Last year, grocers were selling crab for anywhere from $18.99 to $24.50 per pound; this year, they’re selling crab for as little as $5.99 per pound.

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Ethel May Fisherman Remains Lost at Sea After Capsizing in Willapa Bay

The Seattle Times reports that the search for Bryson Fitch, a crew member of the Ethel May, continues more than a week after the vessel capsized near Willapa Bay on February 5th, 2023. Fitch, a crab fisherman, husband, and father of three, is the only crew member still unaccounted for. In response, countless members of

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Seattle: Ballard Oil Closes Its Doors After 85 Years

The Seattle Times reports that Ballard Oil, a company that has been serving the maritime community for four generations, closed its doors for good on January 30th, 2023. Since its founding in 1937, the company has supplied commercial fishing boats, tugs, and other vessels in the Lake Washington Ship Canal with fuel, lubricants, and parts.

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