Coast Guard Assisting NOAA in Releasing 103 Sea Turtles

MIAMI – Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce, Fla., is scheduled to assist the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration by transporting 103 Loggerhead sea turtles back to sea about 16 miles east of Fort Pierce, Monday. NOAA scientists chose to release the turtles farther out to sea in the Gulf Stream so they have a better chance of survival. Larger, older turtles will be released by NOAA from...

Suit Filed to Force Coast Guard to Protect Whales From California Coast Ship Strikes

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, (E-wire Press Release) – Today the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit seeking to force the U.S. Coast Guard to comply with the Endangered Species Act and protect endangered whales from ship traffic off the California coast. Last year, collisions with ships killed at least three endangered blue whales off southern California, yet the Coast Guard maintains...

Coast Guard helps NOAA investigate dead whale found off Cape Cod

BOSTON – The Coast Guard is assisting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in investigating a whale carcass discovered Tuesday morning 140 miles east of Cape Cod, Mass. At the request of NOAA officials, the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Cape May, N.J., was directed to the location. The cutter launched two small boat crews who collected...

Fisheries Law Enforcement Overview

A look at the Coast Guard’s role in enforcing maritime law and protecting living marine resources, including a look at what happens during a boarding.

Coast Guard Seizes 1,300 Pounds of Tilefish

NEW ORLEANS – Coast Guard crews, in conjunction with officers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement and the National Marine Fisheries Service seized 1,300 pounds of Tilefish in the Gulf of Mexico, May 12, 2008. At approximately 4 p.m., May 12, 2008, a boarding team from the Coast Guard Cutter Bonito intercepted and boarded the fishing vessel...

Coast Guard Helps Track Entangled Whale Off Oahu

HONOLULU – Coast Guard crews assisted members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration track an entangled whale calf Friday 28 miles southwest of Oahu. The master of a fishing vessel initially spotted the entangled whale calf and called the Coast Guard at approximately 12:30 p.m. A rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point was first on scene and provided aerial support. Crewmembers...

Violations Up With Opening of Red Snapper Seaon in Florida

Mobile Ala. – Coast Guard Sector Mobile has issued multiple fishing violations for recreational anglers illegally in possession of Red Snapper in federal waters since the opening of the fishery in Florida state waters on April 15. The Coast Guard would like to remind all recreational anglers that the Florida recreational Red Snapper season is open from April 15 – October 31 only in Florida...

Steadfast returns home after 52-day patrol

Steadfast returns home after 52-day patrol ASTORIA, Ore. – The United States Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC 623) returned to her homeport of Astoria, Ore., on Thursday from a successful 52-day deployment. The 210′ cutter and its 75-person crew conducted Living Marine Resource enforcement off the Washington and Oregon coast. During the patrol, Steadfast conducted at-sea boardings of...

North Pacific Coast Guard Forum Interpreters

SEATTLE – Coast Guard Petty Officer Shawn Eggert report on US Coast Guard Auxiliary member Jimmy Chang, a Chinese interpreter for the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum being held this week in Seattle.