406 Day: National Campaign for Awareness of Emergency Locator Beacon Importance

406 Day: National Campaign for Awareness of Emergency Locator Beacon Importance
NEW ORLEANS – Friday is 406 Day this year. 406 Day is a national campaign run by NOAA to spread awareness of the importance of emergency position indicating radio beacons, or EPIRBS, and personal locator beacons, or PLBs, in boating safety. In 2017, the Eighth Coast Guard District responded to 344 distress signals from EPIRBS aboard aircraft and boats. An EPIRB works by transmitting a signal that...

Coast Guard, NOAA to include Navigation Rules in U.S. Coast Pilot

Coast Guard, NOAA to include Navigation Rules in U.S. Coast Pilot
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have teamed up on a consolidated publication that will help mariners save time and money. The Coast Guard Office of Navigation Systems and NOAA Office of Coast Survey will incorporate the amalgamated International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (72 COLREGS) and the Inland Navigation...

Coast Guard issues violations for illegal fishing near Cape Romain

Coast Guard issues violations for illegal fishing near Cape Romain
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A Coast Guard boarding team issued fishing and safety violations Thursday to a vessel 19 miles east of Cape Romain, South Carolina. The 44-foot fishing vessel The Long Line was found actively laying and retrieving fishing pots in a prohibited area. The Coast Guard Cutter Cormorant noticed The Long Line crew setting their pods Wednesday night and later retrieving the pods Thursday...

NOAA locates F/V Destination wreckage, Coast Guard hearing set for August

NOAA locates F/V Destination wreckage, Coast Guard hearing set for August
Washington, DC – Two NOAA ships, en route to scientific missions in Alaskan waters, helped locate the missing fishing vessel Destination at the request of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation. The Destination and its six crew members were lost February 11, 2017, while fishing for Opilio crab (snow crab) northwest of St. George, Alaska. NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson, a fisheries survey vessel,...

Coast Guard warns of heavy weather/high surf advisory

Coast Guard warns of heavy weather/high surf advisory
LOS ANGELES — The Coast Guard warns beachgoers and boaters of a heavy weather/high surf advisory warning issued by NOAA for Southwest California beaches. The heavy weather/high surf advisory will remain in effect until 6 p.m., Monday. A large west to northwest swell will continue to move across Southwest California coastal waters. Heavy weather and high surf will affect all west and northwest facing...

Coast Guard warns of high surf advisory

Coast Guard warns of high surf advisory
LOS ANGELES — The Coast Guard warns beachgoers and boaters of a high surf advisory warning issued by NOAA for Southwest California beaches. The high surf advisory will remain in effect until 9 p.m., Thursday. A large west to northwest swell will continue to move across Southwest California coastal waters. High surf will affect all west and northwest facing beaches Wednesday through Thursday evening....

Coast Guard and NOAA sign fleet plan agreement

Coast Guard and NOAA sign fleet plan agreement
WASHINGTON – Senior leaders from the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) signed a Fleet Plan and Officer Exchange memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Wednesday at a ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Charles Michel, deputy commandant for operations, and NOAA Vice Adm. Michael Devany, deputy under secretary for operations,...

Coast Guard warns Northern California boaters of near shore “king tides”

Coast Guard warns Northern California boaters of near shore "king tides"
SAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard is advising boaters in near shore Northern California waters to watch out for “king tides.” According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), king tides occur when the sun and moon’s gravitational pulls reinforce one another during times of the year when the moon is closest to the earth. They will be present in the Bay Area today...

Coast Guard cautions San Francisco Bay Area boaters of heavy weather

Coast Guard cautions San Francisco Bay Area boaters of heavy weather
SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard cautions the public to exercise safe and responsible boating practices in mind as high seas and strong winds are predicted to impact the San Francisco Bay Area for Wednesday and Thursday. Northerly wind gusts as high as 63 mph are possible, creating sea conditions which can be dangerous. Please check NOAA area weather site for the latest updates prior to getting...