Coast Guard crews seize 10 miles of illegal long line

Coast Guard crews seize 10 miles of illegal long line
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard crews seized a total of 10 miles of long line fishing gear from multiple Mexican fishermen operating illegally in U.S. waters over the past several days. Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon crewmembers seized two miles of long line gear Friday. Coast Guard Station South Padre Island crewmembers seized another seven miles total Saturday and Sunday. Coast Guard Cutter...

Coast Guard, partners rescue entangled 800-pound turtle off South Jersey

Coast Guard, partners rescue entangled 800-pound turtle off South Jersey
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Crew members from Coast Guard Station Cape May and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine rescued an approximately 800-pound leatherback turtle Saturday entangled in fishing gear 30 miles off South Jersey. A good Samaritan aboard a recreational fishing boat spotted the distressed turtle and notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. A boat crew from...

Station South Padre Island catches Mexican fisherman with 153 sharks poaching in U.S. waters

Station South Padre Island catches Mexican fisherman with 153 sharks poaching in U.S. waters
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard crews intercepted and seized a Mexican boat and crew illegally fishing in U.S. waters Sunday, continuing the seventh busy day for federal fisheries enforcement officers. They gathered approximately 17 miles of long line from U.S. waters, more than 500 fish and one vessel seized with several risky high-speed chases to evade Coast Guard crews. The poachers intercepted...

Coast Guard rescues injured sea turtle

Coast Guard rescues injured sea turtle
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard rescued a severely injured loggerhead sea turtle in Fire Island Inlet, July 10, 2014. A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Fire Island was transiting the inlet when they observed what they thought was a person in the water waving their arms for help. When they maneuvered closer, they realized it was a three-foot turtle with large gashes on its shell. Crew members from Coast...

Mexican fishing vessel interdicted among 5 sighted poaching in U.S. waters

Mexican fishing vessel interdicted among 5 sighted poaching in U.S. waters
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard spotted five, pursued three and interdicted one Mexican fishing vessel in U.S. waters Tuesday afternoon. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Amberjack, an 87-foot patrol boat, stopped one of five lanchas sighted fishing in U.S. waters near the maritime border with Mexico Tuesday, July 1, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo. At approximately 12:30 p.m. on a routine...

Dead sharks found in illegal gill net near Mexico maritime border

Dead sharks found in illegal gill net near Mexico maritime border
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard crews in South Texas located and recovered a gill net with 65 deceased sharks Monday. At approximately 2 p.m. on a routine patrol, an aircrew aboard an HU-25 Falcon airplane spotted floating fishing gear approximately 20 miles off South Padre Island and 37 miles north of the U.S./Mexico maritime border. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi immediately diverted the...

Coast Guard Station Montauk assists with sea turtle rescue

Coast Guard Station Montauk assists with sea turtle rescue
NEW YORK — Members of Coast Guard Station Montauk assisted the Riverhead Foundation in freeing an entangled Leatherback turtle approximately one mile west of Montauk Point, N.Y., Sunday. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command center watchstanders received a report Sunday evening, stating that a sea turtle was entangled in a net near Montauk Point, N.Y. A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station...

Coast Guard Cutter Juniper crew rescues entangled sea turtle

Coast Guard Cutter Juniper crew rescues entangled sea turtle
BOSTON — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Juniper rescued an entangled turtle in Rhode Island Sound, Thursday. While underway on Thursday, Juniper’s crew spotted the black-shelled, six-foot turtle entangled in a lobster pot line and unable to free itself. Watchstanders at the 1st Coast Guard District in Boston contacted the Center for Coastal Studies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Coast Guard intercepts 3rd Mexican fishing crew poaching in U.S. waters in a week

Coast Guard intercepts 3rd Mexican fishing crew poaching in U.S. waters in a week
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi crews located and intercepted a Mexican fishing crew poaching in U.S waters early this morning. At approximately 10 p.m. Wednesday on a routine patrol, an HU-25 Falcon airplane crew spotted a 25-foot lancha with three people aboard, approximately 31 miles off South Padre Island and 11 miles north of the U.S./Mexico maritime border. The lancha...