Coast Guard Vessel CharlestonBeginning October 16, 2012, all commercial fishing, fish tender and fish processing vessels that operate more than 3 nautical miles offshore must be able to demonstrate full compliance with the existing fishing industry vessel safety regulations found in 46 C.F.R. Part 28, via a mandatory safety examination. This examination requirement is one of several new mandates established by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. More information on the requirements of the rule and acceptable compliance measures can be found at: