Transportation Safety Board of Canada report on sinking of fishing vessel FIVE STAR in 2014

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada issued their report on the June 12, 2014 capsizing of the fishing vessel FIVE STAR off British Columbia. Their press release states that:

“Although regulations have been proposed by Transport Canada to address several deficiencies with respect to fishing safety, there have been significant delays in their implementation. There needs to be a concerted and coordinated action by federal and provincial authorities and by leaders in the fishing community to improve the safety culture in fishing operations, recognizing the interaction of safety deficiencies.”

The full report is at this link.

Sounds familiar.

Section 4502(h) of title 46, United States Code, gives the Coast Guard the legal authority to establish design and construction standards for U.S.-flag commercial fishing vessels under 50 feet in length – such as vessels in the size range of the FIVE STAR. We need those standards established to help prevent these types of tragedies on small fishing vessels in the United States.

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