4 Mexicans rescued from sinking boat after being caught poaching

4 Mexicans rescued from sinking boat after being caught poaching
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Four Mexican nationals, who were illegally fishing in U.S. waters off South Texas were rescued Friday, after their lancha began taking on water during a pursuit by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Brant. At approximately 11 a.m. the Coast Guardsmen spotted a lancha crew recovering long-line fishing gear, 28 miles offshore and 4 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border. The...

Coast Guard transports Hawaiian monk seal to Kauai

Coast Guard transports Hawaiian monk seal to Kauai
HONOLULU — Coast Guard crews working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration transported a Hawaiian monk seal from Oahu to Kauai, Friday. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point transported the seal to Kauai where it will be reintroduced into the ocean after recovering from surgery removing an infected right eye. “Our Coast Guard men and women...

Coast Guard crew intercepts 110 pounds of illegally caught fish

Coast Guard crew intercepts 110 pounds of illegally caught fish
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station South Padre Island intercepted a Mexican lancha carrying approximately 110 pounds of fish illegally caught in U.S. waters, Friday. The spotted a 30–foot lancha approximately 32 miles offshore and 6 miles in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. Once on scene, the boatcrew made contact with the lancha and discovered more than 100 fish, long-line...

Coast Guard reminds fishermen of federal red snapper fishery laws

Coast Guard reminds fishermen of federal red snapper fishery laws
NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Coast Guard enforces federal red snapper fishery laws within U.S. federal waters. Federal red snapper fishing season is closed within federal waters until June 1, 2014 in accordance with Code of Federal Regulations 50 CFR 622.34(b). The U.S. Coast Guard reminds fishermen that possession of reef fish during a closed season is in violation of 50 CFR 622.13(n). For-hire vessels...

Coast Guard, Navy partner in Oceania Maritime Security Initiative

Coast Guard, Navy partner in Oceania Maritime Security Initiative
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and Navy completed a joint mission in the Central and South Pacific under a new agreement between the services to enforce fisheries laws and enhance regional security Jan. 7 to Feb. 2. The partnership supports the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative, a Secretary of Defense program, which leverages Department of Defense assets transiting the region to increase the Coast...

Coast Guard reminds fishermen of Atlantic Striped Bass restrictions

Coast Guard reminds fishermen of Atlantic Striped Bass restrictions
WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard reminds recreational, charter and commercial fishermen of the ongoing moratorium of Atlantic Striped Bass in the exclusive economic zone of the U.S., which includes all waters from three nautical miles offshore to 200 nautical miles. As the primary federal agency for at-sea enforcement of fisheries laws, the Coast Guard will be on patrol for those who choose to...

Public asked to maintain safe distance from marine mammals

Public asked to maintain safe distance from marine mammals
HONOLULU – With more than 10,000 humpback whales migrating to the Hawaiian Islands this year, crews from the Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the State of Hawaii’s Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement, from the Department of Land and Natural Resources are partnering together to protect humpback whales. Humpback whale season is generally from November...

Coast Guard assists NOAA by safeguarding 11 beached pilot whales

Coast Guard assists NOAA by safeguarding 11 beached pilot whales
MIAMI — The Coast Guard is assisting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Everglades National Park officials in the safe guarding of approximately 11 pilot whales that are beached on the west side of Everglades National Park. A pod of pilot whales swims off the coast of Everglades National Park, Fla., Dec. 5, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney The...

Coast Guard to intensify efforts to stop offshore poaching of Atlantic Striped Bass

Coast Guard to intensify efforts to stop offshore poaching of Atlantic Striped Bass
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to intensify efforts to stop offshore poaching of Atlantic Striped Bass this winter. In an effort to ensure the health of the striped bass population, the Coast Guard is working to raise awareness of the federal regulations stating Atlantic striped bass may not be caught, harvested or possessed in the Exclusive Economic Zone. The EEZ begins three nautical...