Deck Watch: Fish School puts Steller sea lions on the map

Stellar Sea Lion BOJAK

North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center personnel recently redesigned the job-aid that aviators use to interpret the regulations governing fishing activities in the vicinity of 140 Steller sea lion rookeries and haulouts. This new design takes five sets of regulations previously laid out in a complex table and applies charts with pictographs to them that can be interpretted very accuratelty is seconds. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

This week on Deck Watch Chief Petty Officer Alan Kinman, of the North Pacific Fisheries Training Center, discusses a job-aid his staff created to help Coast Guard aviators conduct enforcement patrols of 140 steller sea lion sites throughout Alaska. Deck Watch is a weekly radio program highlighting Coast Guard news and operations throughout Alaska. To listen to the show click here.

In other Coast Guard news:

Sept. 8 – Coast Guard and other search and rescue personnel rescued two mariners in the vicinity of Point Amelia, about 25 miles northwest of Sitka, Saturday. According to one of the rescued men, their 28-foot fishing vessel, the Kaitlin Rai, sank near Beaver Point Sept. 7, leaving one man stranded in a fishing tote and the other in the water. Both crewmembers were located and rescued in conjunction with four separate searches by Coast Guard, Sitka Search and Rescue, good Samaritans and the Alaska State Troopers. Both men were listed in stable condition at the time of their transfer to emergency medical personnel.

Sept. 10 – As of Oct. 16 the Coast Guard is requiring all commercial fishing vessels that operate or fish more than three miles from the territorial sea baseline to complete a mandatory Coast Guard dockside safety exam. This regulatory change comes as a result of Congress passing of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. This change affects commercial fishing fleets nationwide, and the Coast Guard is conducting outreach efforts to ensure those affected are aware of the changes with the goal of having them in compliance before the deadline. Dockside examinations are free of charge, and currently no penalties will be issued for discrepancies. If discrepancies are found, vessel owners will be issued a worklist and a reasonable time to correct any issues. Please visit or contact Ken Lawrenson at 907-463-2810 for more information.

Sept. 11 – The Coast Guard conducted a medevac of a 43-year-old man suffering from symptoms of a heart attack from the 238-foot fishing vessel Alaska Juris 150 miles northeast of St. Paul in the Bering Sea Wednesday. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak was launched to respond and hoisted the patient. They arrived safely in St. Paul and transferred the patient to commercial medevac services who further transported him to advanced medical care in Anchorage.

Sept. 11 – Coast Guard police officers and firefighters conducted a morning colors ceremony Tuesday while assembled Coast Guardsmen rendered honors at Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Alaska, in observance of Sept. 11. A moment of silence was observed and Assistant Fire Chief Mike McDonnell addressed those assembled urging them not to forget those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, or the first responders who in many cases gave their lives or are currently fighting for them against various health issues.

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