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DHS - 681 - National Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameNational Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Homeland Security
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number681
Original Establishment Date9/9/1988Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*18
Current Charter Date10/29/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Chief, Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC)
Date Of Renewal Charter10/29/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixCaptain
Projected Termination Date12/4/2020Designated Federal Officer First Name*Matt
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDecember 4, 2020Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Edwards
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*46 U.S.C. Ch. 45 4508, § 601 of the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 372-1210
Effective Date Of Authority*9/9/1988Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-372-8377
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Coast Guard considers the committee's input when making certain management decisions and when drafting applicable regulations. The Committee represents the wide range of perspectives that are necessary to ensure that Coast Guard policies and rulemaking properly address the issues that matter to the industry. The Coast Guard is able to task specific assignments such as training, stability and voluntary standards to this group to obtain advice. The committee’s input and recommendations are especially valuable now, as the Coast guard seeks to implement new requirements, and supporting regulatory reform of Coast Guard regulations via Executive Orders 13771 and 13783 through policy and rulemaking and the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018.
How is membership balanced?*The committee is composed of 18 members as follows: 10 members of the fishing industry who reflect regional and representational balance; 1 member representing naval architects or marine surveyors; 1 member representing manufacturers of fishing vessel safety equipment; 1 member representing education or training professionals relating to fishing vessels; 1 member representing underwriters that insure fishing vessels; 1 member representing owners of vessels to which Chapter 45 of Title 46, U.S.C. applies; and 3 members representing the general public composed of, whenever possible, an independent expert or consultant in maritime safety, a marine surveyor who provides services to vessels to which Chapter 45 of Title 46 U.S.C. applies, and a person familiar with issues affecting fishing communities and families of fishermen.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Meetings are required and normally held at least annually. The committee last met in September of 2020 for the 41st CFSAC meeting via MS-Teams as a result of COVID-19.

The focus of this meeting was directed toward task statement 01-19(b) Lifesaving/Man Overboard (MOB) Voluntary Best Practice Guide. No recommendations were forwarded to the USCG following this meeting via teleconference for the 40th CFSAC meeting in October of 2019 where the focus of the meeting was directed toward introducing task statement 01-19(b) Lifesaving/Man Overboard (MOB) Voluntary Best Practice Guide.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This committee acts in an advisory capacity to the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and Congress on matters relating to the safety of commercial fishing industry vessels. The committee was instrumental in helping to develop the first ever safety regulations for the commercial fishing industry. The results of their work are evident in regulations that targeted, in their judgment, safety areas that the Coast Guard has authority to regulate under the legislative mandates of the Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Act of 1988 and the Coast Authorization Act of 2010, 2012 and 2015 and 2018. There are no other committees which deal with exactly the same subject matter. However, the Magnuson-Stevens Act requires the Fishery Management Councils, administered by the Department of Commerce, to address safety in their fishery management decisions. The committee has continued to provide valuable recommendations on enforcement, education, outreach, and additional areas for regulations that could improve upon the safety record of this industry. The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 expands construction, equipment, and oversight requirements for commercial fishing industry vessels. A series of proposed rules will be required to implement the new regulations over the next few years. The committee has convened several times since the 2010 Auth Act, continuing their work on safety issues. The meetings have focused largely on the implementing the new requirements of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. The committee addressed the training program for vessel masters; the alternate safety compliance programs that must be developed under the Act; the dissemination of information regarding the Act to the fishing industry; the validity of the 1992 Inspection Plan; record keeping; and several other issues to enhance safety and ensure that new requirements are implemented in the most effective manner. Subcommittees/working groups contribute to committee recommendations that have influenced the direction and Coast Guard initiatives to enhance the safety of fishermen engaged in one of the most hazardous occupations in the nation as articulated by the Department of Labor who considers all fatalities and vessel casualties. The Coast Guard is primarily concerned with operational casualties and fatalities. The passage of the Coast Guard Authorization Act makes the Committee’s work especially important as the USCG works to implement the new requirements.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksOriginal formation of the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Advisory Committee was required by the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Act of 1988 (P.L. 100-424) was temporary. The committee was reauthorized by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-281). The Act also amended the committee name to the Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee. The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 passed by Congress on September 30, 2010 extends the termination date of the committee until September 30, 2020, and amends the committee's membership including adding a member. The Frank LoBiondo Act extended all advisory committees to December 4, 2020 while authorizing a new committee with the same function under the National Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee name.

Legacy data from this committee (formerly Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee) will be maintained within this record.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentReorganization of priorities and reallocation of resources may not be as a direct result of committee recommendations, however, any changes implemented may be influenced by committee input. Input from the committee often influences how outreach and educational activities are conducted with the industry.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentDiscussions by the committee with the Coast Guard and recommendations made to the Coast Guard also can have an affect on how the Coast Guard provides outreach and educational activities to the commercial fishing industry. This can improve service to the industry and increase satisfaction with the Coast Guard's actions relative to compliance with and enforcement of safety equirements.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentWhen new or revised rules require vessel owners/operators to add or upgrade safety and survival equipment on their vessels, there most likely is no cost saving to their operations. However, if one considers that the number of vessel losses and fatalities have decreased considerably since the safety requirements were mandated, there has been an overall cost savings to the industry and fishing community relative to property loss and loss of life.Grants Review Comment2020 Grant Cycle:
-Congressionally Appropriated Funding: $6 Mil -50% Federal cost match -May 2020: 4 applications peer reviewed.
-June 2020: NIOSH and US Coast Guard experts conducted programmatic review using scientific and technical merit; program priorities; development of guidelines or best practices; contributions to advance OSH of commercial fishing vessel operations; commitment to collaborative efforts; resource-sharing plans; organizational capability; and training evaluation plans.
-Outcome: All 4 applications recommended for funding.
-Federal funding requested: $790,847.

2021 Grant Cycle:
- Packages due: Jan 2021
- Congressionally Appropriated Funding: $6 Mil -50% Federal cost match
Number Of Recommendations*207Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentFor the period 1991 - 2020, 207 recommendations were made. 58 have action completed; 71 have actions pending or ongoing; 5 have not been accepted, and 1 has been withdrawn. 72 recommendations are under consideration.The Committee made 11 recommendations in FY2018.A current Rulemaking project under development for commercial fishing industry safety standards has considered the Committee's comments on safety requirements involving the commercial fishing industry. Additional emergency drill requirements, inspection and testing of survival equipment, deck safety and exam frequency are being considered in the rulemaking. There were no recommendations in FY19 or FY20.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*28.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented Comment58/207 action completed= 28%Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*72.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentSome recommendations have no end date, such as keeping the FishSafe website updated. In other cases the recommendation will be reflected in a rulemaking project or policy development that has not yet been completed. These are considered patially implemented with action pending. 71/207=34%Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentA link to the DCO CVC USCG mil page has been established where the CFSAC information is primarily posted.
Agency Feedback Comment*Between meeting sessions, CFSAC members and the CFVS Program exchange emails with information. Periodically, a teleconference may be held to provide status updates on recommendations and information regarding program initiatives and actions; no business is conducted or recommendations entertained. Traditionally at the next meeting, the committee will revisit Old Business to review the actions of the preceding meeting, review past recommendations and progress made on them, and the results of any action on recommendations.Narrative Description*The Committee will advise, consult with, and make recommendations reflecting the Committee's independent judgment on matters and actions relating to the safe operation of vessels to which Chapter 45 of Title 46 U.S.C. applies, including navigational safety, safety equipment and procedures, marine insurance, vessel design, construction, maintenance and operation and personnel qualification and training.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff*$59,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$105,500.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$20,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$3,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$1,700.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$5,000.00
Total Costs$60,700.00Est. Total Next FY*$133,500.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.45Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.79
Cost RemarksIn person meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19. CFSAC Virtual meetings using MS-Teams were held instead.Est Cost RemarksCost estimates are based on one three day in person meeting.
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036385Lifesaving/Man Overboard (MOB)2020


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036214Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee2019
 COM-032831Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001265Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee2017
 COM-003023Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003404Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee2015
 COM-005121Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005385Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007274Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007623Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009421Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009728Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011354Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011572Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013190Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013436Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Advisory Committee2005
 COM-015129Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015311Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016677Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017711Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018801Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019675Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020546Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021352Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Advisory Committee1997