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UFA Alert: June 24, 2019

    Derelict Vessel Law Update

    United Fishermen of Alaska received a response from the Department of Administration’s Commissioner Kelley Tshibaka.  They will not be delaying implementation on the Derelict Vessel law, but recognize there has not been sufficient time for vessel owners to comply with the new law.  The commissioner stated “we will exercise discretion in the near-term in enforcement while we work together to get all Alaskans compliant with the law”  and that “law enforcement officers generally will issue warnings to vessels out of compliance; however, I still encourage all Alaskans to whom SB 92 applies to register their vessels with the DMV as soon as possible.”
     
    If you have questions about requirements and the process, the Commercial Fisheries Entry Division and Department of Motor Vehicles created a document that clearly outlines the new Derelict Vessel Law requirements.  The PDF is available on our website and explains what the requirements are and how to comply.  The document also explains what to do if you do not have a DMV office in your location.  To download, click here.
     
    UFA will continue to help fishermen and encourage you to let us know if you have any issues or questions.  You may read Commissioner Tshibaka’s response below.

    Frances
    Executive Director
    United Fishermen of Alaska
     
    E-mail response from Commissioner Tshibaka, Department of Administration:
    Thank you for your email. I understand your concern and your experience with the DMV, which is faced with implementing the federal requirements for REAL ID for all Alaskans as well as the requirements for SB 92.
     
    The intent of this Administration is to help Alaskans, not penalize them. We are implementing SB 92 as passed by the legislature, Alaskans’ elected representatives. But I also recognize your concerns—there has not been sufficient time for law-abiding Alaskans to become compliant with this law yet.
     
    I appreciate your efforts to get the word out about the new requirements. Please continue to partner with us in ensuring compliance with the law passed by the Legislature, and we will exercise discretion in the near-term in enforcement while we work together to get all Alaskans compliant with the law. This season, law enforcement officers generally will issue warnings to vessels out of compliance; however, I still encourage all Alaskans to whom SB 92 applies to register their vessels with the DMV as soon as possible.
     
    Thanks,
     
    Kelly Tshibaka
    Commissioner
    Department of Administration

    Important Notice to all Vessel Owners!! New Title & Registration Rules

      In 2018, the Alaska Legislature changed vessel registration laws.  New title & registration requirements are now in effect, which may involve your commercial fishing vessel operating in Alaska waters.

      UFA Alert: New Vessel Registration Requirements Update – June 11, 2019

        Update on Derelict Vessel Bill Requirements:

        Thank you for your patience as we sorted out the logistics of this new law requiring vessels to register with the DMV. 

        In short, SEAFA’s original email was accurate and the new law applies as follows:

        • USCG Documented Vessels are required to register with the DMV; however, you do not need to receive a title.
        • Undocumented vessels must register and receive a title at the DMV.

        After speaking with Major Chastain of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers he said their main objective this year will be to educate first and enforce second. 

        Communication was held with the Director of Department of Motor Vehicles to educate staff regarding this new law and the requirements.  We understand there has been confusion in the issuing of registrations and we hope this has been resolved.

        I spoke with Senator Micciche and informed him of the issues we are having with this bill.  He is hopeful that legislation can be introduced next year to change the language to include exemption for vessels registered through CFEC. 

        Thanks again for your patience and understanding.  Please let me know if you have any difficulties or questions.

        Frances Leach
        Executive Director
        United Fishermen of Alaska

        DOCUMENTED BOATS

        • Don’t forget to renew your USCG Documentation – this registration does not take the place of your documentation from the USCG – it is in addition to.
        • DO NOT TITLE your boat with the State of Alaska – only file for registration.
        • Only place on your boat the square registration decal – do not place any additional AK numbers.
        • You will need to take a copy of your Document into the State DMV office when registering.

         
        STATE WEBSITE WITH INFORMATION ON THIS NEW LAW
         

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