National Fisherman


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard will offer courtesy dockside examinations of commercial fishing vessels in Bristol Bay in anticipation of the 2014 Bristol Bay salmon fishery.
 
The fishery is slated to begin June 1 with the majority of the fishing taking place from June 15-July 15.
 
The Coast Guard anticipates sending examiners to Dillingham and King Salmon June 9 to begin public outreach and encourage dockside exam participation June 9-20. Examiners will also be available in Egegik from June 9-13.
 
During the fishery, the Coast Guard will work with the Alaska State Troopers to enforce federal boating and commercial fishing vessel requirements.
 
Read the full story at Coast Guard News>>

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