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Michael CrowleyThe Boats & Gear blog is overseen by our Boats & Gear editor, Michael Crowley. It explores new construction projects, electronics, gear and equipment for the commercial fishing industry.

If your survival equipment includes either Mustang’s MD2010 or MD2012 inflatable personal flotation devices sold in 2011, you want to get it to a Mustang Survival factory ASAP.

Those two models — and only those two PFD models — are being recalled to correct a defect with the inflator mechanism that might prevent the PFD from fully inflating with CO2. Oral inflation will still work.

Call Mustang Survival’s customer service department at (800) 526-0532 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Pacific. Mustang will pay for the repairs and shipping.

Orion Safety Products is recalling two models of hand-launched aerial signals. Both the hand-launched Orion XLT and the pistol-style launched 12-gauge signals of orange ABS plastic might fail to launch or ignite.

If you have an XLT signal with an orange launch tube with an expiration date between November and December 2011 or an orange 12-gauge shell with an expiration date between November 2011 and March 2012, you can receive a free four-pack replacement.

Handy information like these recall notices are in the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association’s winter newsletter, which you can read by going to www.amsea.org.

AMSEA’s newsletter has stuff in it for fishermen who work waters other than the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.

The same newsletter has an article on avoiding whale collisions and a highly informative piece called “Tips for Quickly Donning an Immersion Suit.”

The latter article is based on the training sessions AMSEA has given thousands of fishermen and listening to survivors’ stories.

Did you know that about 30 percent of the people donning an immersion suit struggle to get into it because the zipper toggle is inside the suit instead of outside it? And leaning forward while trying to zip up a suit makes things more difficult.

It’s a good read. Check it out.

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 1/13/15

In this episode:

Council hosts public hearing on Cashes Ledge
Report assesses Chesapeake water, fisheries
Warmer waters shake up Jersey fishing
North Pacific observer program altered for 2015
Woman aims to crowdsource lobstering career

National Fisherman Live: 12/30/14

In this episode, Michael Crowley, National Fisherman's Boats & Gear editor, interviews Chelsea Woodward, an engineer working with the NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office to design static guards for main drum winches used in the side trawl fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.

Inside the Industry

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is still seeking public review and comment on the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Conformance Criteria (Version 1.2, September 2011). The public review and comment period, which opened on Dec. 3, 2014, runs through Monday, Feb. 3.

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NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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