Coast Guard, NOAA resolve closed area fishing cases for $80,000

Coast Guard, NOAA resolve closed area fishing cases for $80,000
BOSTON — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently resolved two civil penalty cases with two separate fishing vessel owners who violated the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act when their crews were found fishing in closed areas. There are five closed fishing areas in New England that cover about 8,000 square miles of protected waters. Closed areas aim to...

Coast Guard Station Freeport seizes 488 red snapper illegally caught off Texas coast

Coast Guard Station Freeport seizes 488 red snapper illegally caught off Texas coast
Coast Guard crews boarded a recreational fishing boat and found coolers containing 488 red snapper that were caught illegally in the Gulf of Mexico Saturday, March 26, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo. HOUSTON — Coast Guard crews stopped a recreational boat with approximately 1,900 pounds of red snapper Saturday, which was illegally caught in the Gulf of Mexico off Freeport and Galveston. During a...

Coast Guard, Navy complete joint fisheries patrol in Oceania, promote regional stability

Coast Guard, Navy complete joint fisheries patrol in Oceania, promote regional stability
PACIFIC OCEAN – The guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) transits the Pacific Ocean while investigating a shipping vessel.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Emiline L. M. Senn) HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and Navy completed a 33-day joint mission in the Central and South Pacific under the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative to combat transnational...

Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island returns home from successful fisheries patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island returns home from successful fisheries patrol
A boarding team from the USCGC Galveston Island approaches the fishing vessel Lady Ann Margaret  March, 4, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Calsea Clemens) HONOLULU — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island (WPB 1349), a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Honolulu, returned to Coast Guard Base Honolulu after a week long fisheries patrol in the Pacific Ocean, Sunday. “This...

Coast Guard, Hawaii Department of Natural Resources conduct Operation Kohola Guardian patrol off Maui

Coast Guard, Hawaii Department of Natural Resources conduct Operation Kohola Guardian patrol off Maui
Coast Guard members from Station Maui and the USCGC Kiska (WPB 1336) conduct a joint patrol for Operation Kohola Guardian  Feb. 11, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle/Released) LAHAINA, Maui — Coast Guard crews with Hawaii Department of Natural Resources conservation officers conducted joint patrols off Maui Thursday in conjunction with Operation Kohola Guardian. Through...

Coast Guard transports 5 endangered sea turtles to Miami for rehabilitation

Coast Guard transports 5 endangered sea turtles to Miami for rehabilitation
MIAMI — A Coast Guard aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, transports five endangered Loggerhead sea turtles to Miami Wednesday. Sea turtles, including Loggerheads, feed in Cape Cod Bay during the summer months and frequently become trapped by the geography of the Cape Cod pennisula, which prevents them from swimming south as colder weather arrives in the fall.  All sea...

Coast Guard seizes 281 red snapper from lancha near South Padre Island, Texas

Coast Guard seizes 281 red snapper from lancha near South Padre Island, Texas
Two-hundred-and-eighty-one illegally caught northern red snapper are displayed for counting at Station South Padre Island Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Coast Guard boat crew seized 1,076 pounds of northern red snapper illegally caught by a Mexican fishing boat poaching in waters off South Padre Island early Thursday morning. At approximately 2:40 a.m., Coast Guard South Padre...

Coast Guard Cutter Cushing crew helps release 130 turtles

Coast Guard Cutter Cushing crew helps release 130 turtles
Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan W. Kwedar’s son, Peyton, stands aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Cushing near rehabilitated sea turtles about to be released Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Trey Clifton) ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. — The Coast Guard assisted with the release of 130 sea turtles Thursday into Gulf Stream waters off the Outer Banks. The crew of the Coast...

Coast Guard seizes more than 3,000 pounds of shark, snapper from multiple lanchas in Gulf of Mexico

Coast Guard seizes more than 3,000 pounds of shark, snapper from multiple lanchas in Gulf of Mexico
This is a panoramic photo of Station South Padre Island and local cutters near sharks and red snapper seized from illegal fishermen in Gulf Coast waters, Jan. 8, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station South Padre Island) CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard seized 3,249 pounds of illegal catch from three Mexican fishing boats poaching in waters off South Padre Island early Friday morning. At...