Seaman's Handbook

PART C. Lights and Shapes : Fishing vessels

(a) A vessel engaged in fishing, whether underway or at anchor, shall exhibit only the lights and shapes prescribed in this Rule.(b) A vessel when engaged in trawling, by which is meant the dragging through the water of a
dredge net of other apparatus used as a fishing appliance, shall exhibit:
  1. two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper being green and the lower white, or a
    shape consisting of two cones with their apexes together in a vertical line one above the
    other;
  2. a masthead light abaft of and higher that the all-round green light; a vessel of less than
    50 metres in length shall not be obliged to exhibit such a light but may do so;
  3. when making way through the water, in addition to the lights prescribed in this
    paragraph, sidelights and a sternlight.
(c) A vessel engaged in fishing, other than trawling, shall exhibit:
  1. two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper being red and the lower white, or a
    shape consisting of two cones with their apexes together in a vertical line one above the
    other;
  2. when there is outlying gear extending more than 150 metres horizontally from the
    vessel, an all-round white light or a cone apex upwards in the direction of the gear;
  3. when making way through the water, in addition to the lights prescribed in this
    paragraph, sidelights and a sternlight.
(d) A vessel engaged in fishing in close proximity to other vessel engaged in fishing may exhibit the additional signals described in Annex II to these regulations.(e) A vessel when not engaged in fishing shall not exhibit the lights or shapes prescribed in this Rule, but only those prescribed for a vessel of her length.