When a vessel is examined and a safety decal is issued, the activity and document are based on the vessel's documentation/registration and ownership or individual in charge of the vessel at that time. Thus, when a vessel is sold, its identifying paperwork, required licenses, equipment registrations, and other such documents must be changed to the new owner and operator. These changes will void the existing examination record and safety decal identification. Therefore, anytime the Coast Guard is made, or becomes, aware of a change in ownership of a commercial fishing vessel, that vessel must be re-examined to ensure compliance with current requirements and regulations.
As it is stated on the exam form, "The decal is valid until the date indicated on the decal provided the vessel safety equipment remains serviceable and the operating conditions described above are not exceeded. The decal is to be removed from the vessel if the vessel is sold."
It is also stated on the form "This form should be kept on board your vessel so it can be shown to the Coast Guard if your vessel is boarded."
Please make this information available to any commercial fishermen that you may know. As always, Please stay safe!
U.S. Coast Guard
Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Examiner Santa Barbara, CA.
Tel: (805) 962-7430 ext. 270
Fax: (805) 962-7968