Fishing Industry Vessel

Fishing Industry Vessel
A good day fishing on the Patty A.J. in 1981. 157,000 pounds of rock fish. Fishing Industry Vessel less than 200 GRT, like the one pictured, do not require professional licenses. However, Fishing Industry Vessel over 200 GRT must be operated by licensed Master and Mate.

Fishing Industry Vessel

Fishing industry vessel 200 GRT and greater require USCG licensed captains. The USCG issues Master and Mate of Uninspected Fishing Vessel licenses from 500 to 5,000-tons. In short: the applicant must have experience on vessels greater than 50 GRT to qualify for this license.

Fishing vessels less than 200 GRT do not need licensed captains. But, the are reasons to be licensed. Firstly: cost savings on insurance. And, secondly, employment options.

Fishing Industry Vessel: Sea time

At least 50% of the sea time for fishing vessel licenses must be on ocean waters. Additionally, they are issued as either: Near Coastal, or All Ocean. To clarify, Near Coastal means within 200-miles offshore.

Tonnage limits from 500 to 5,000-ton also apply. These limits are based on you sea time. View the checklist for more info.

Master of Fishing 500 to 5,000-tons

Master requires 1440-days of sea time. Including:

  • Firstly, 720-days on oceans.
  • Secondly, 720-days on vessels greater than 50 GRT: that includes 360-days as a licensed Master, Mate, or OUPV.

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Mate of Fishing 500 to 5,000-tons

Mate requires 1080-days of sea time. Including:

  • Firstly, 540-days on oceans.
  • Secondly, 360-days on vessels greater than 50 GRT.

Mate of Fishing Checklist >>

Course info

Because of recent changes in USCG National Maritime Center policies the Master / Mate of Fishing Industry Vessel course will not be offered after January 31, 2022.

Master or Mate of Fishing Vessel

16-days / $2,200

This sequence includes:

  • Firstly: Master 100-ton.
  • Secondly: Upgrade 100 to 200-ton.
  • Thirdly: Master / Mate of Fishing Vessel Upgrade.

In short: You will have all three certificates.

Master / Mate of Fishing Vessel Partial Course

6-days / $1,000

This is for mariners with a Master 100-ton Near Coastal. And includes:

  • Firstly: Upgrade 100 to 200-ton course.
  • Secondly: Master / Mate of Fishing Upgrade.

In short: You will have both certificates.

Master / Mate of Fishing Vessel Upgrade Only

2-days / $400

This course is for mariners with a 150-ton or higher Near Coastal license.

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