Federal, state agencies ensure safe and legal Halibut Derby off Pacific Northwest coast

Federal, state agencies ensure safe and legal Halibut Derby off Pacific Northwest coast
WARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard and its partner agencies National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Oregon State Police and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife conducted a coordinated law enforcement effort throughout the three-day Halibut Derby ensuring safe and legal fishing among the fishing fleets from northern Oregon and southern Washington. The combined efforts of the partner...

Coast Guard rescues dolphin in Back Bay

Coast Guard rescues dolphin in Back Bay
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued a dolphin Thursday after it landed in a boat in Back Bay. At 1 a.m. watchstanders from Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach received a call from a man who stated he witnessed a 7-foot dolphin jump out of the water and land in the dinghy attached to his sailboat. The Coast Guard in coordination with a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission...

Coast Guard Cutter Cypress crew, NOAA, IMMS release pygmy killer whales

Coast Guard Cutter Cypress crew, NOAA, IMMS release pygmy killer whales
Personnel from the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies, NOAA, Navy Marine Mammal Program and U.S. Coast Guard onboard Coast Guard Cutter Cypress prepare to release two pygmy killer whales in the Gulf Coast, July 11, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lexie Preston. NEW ORLEANS – Crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Cypress assisted the Institute for Marine Mamma Studies...

Coast Guard releases two rehabilitated elephant seal pups

Coast Guard releases two rehabilitated elephant seal pups
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sondra-Kay Kneen. LOS ANGELES —Coast Guard members from Station Channel Islands Harbor assisted members of the California Wildlife Commission to release two rehabilitated elephant seal pups back into the wild near Santa Cruz Island on July 12, 2016. The elephant seal pups were being treated at the California Wildlife Center’s rehabilitation site...

Coast Guard, Center for Coastal Studies free entangled leatherback turtle near Woods Hole

Coast Guard, Center for Coastal Studies free entangled leatherback turtle near Woods Hole
An entangled leatherback turtle is pictured along side a Coast Guard 45-foot rescue boat, wrapped in line from a lobster pto. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) BOSTON — The Coast Guard along with entanglement response personnel from the Center for Coastal Studies freed a leatherback turtle Sunday morning after it was reported wrapped in fishing line near Woods Hole. At approximately 8:15 a.m. the Coast Guard...

Coast Guard, Navy complete joint fisheries patrol in Oceania

Coast Guard, Navy complete joint fisheries patrol in Oceania
U.S. Coast Guardsmen from Coast Guard Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team, Law Enforcement Detachment 108 and Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance  debark a rigid-hull inflatable boat. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Will Gaskill) HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and Navy completed a 40-day joint mission in the Central and South Pacific under the...

Coast Guard rescues sea turtle west of Longboat Key, Fla.

Coast Guard rescues sea turtle west of Longboat Key, Fla.
CORTEZ, Fla.— The Coast Guard rescued a sea turtle tangelled in crab pot rigging west of Longboat Key, Florida, Thursday. At 9:06 a.m. watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Cortez received a call from a Good Samaritan reporting a sea turtle was in danger. A 29-foot Response Boat-Small-II from the station was launched and arrived on scene to find the turtle tangled in crab pot rigging. Crewmembers...

Coast Guard rescues injured sea turtle in Tampa Bay, Fla.

Coast Guard rescues injured sea turtle in Tampa Bay, Fla.
Crewmembers from Aids to Navigation Team St. Petersburg, Florida, rescued an injured loggerhead sea turtle in the Tampa Bay, Florida, Monday, May 9, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Coast Guard rescued an injured sea turtle in the Tampa Bay, Fla., Monday. At around 11:30 a.m. crewmembers from Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team St. Petersburg, were returning from servicing...

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...