Coast Guard urges boaters to not take to the seas, transit to Cuban waters

Coast Guard urges boaters to not take to the seas, transit to Cuban waters
MIAMI — The Coast Guard urges South Florida recreational boaters considering transiting toward Cuban territorial waters to “not take to the sea.” It is illegal for boaters to depart from the U.S. with the intent of transiting to Cuba for any purpose without a permit, and the waters are in the Florida Straits are unpredictable and dangerous. Vessels and persons illegally entering Cuban...

Coast Guard terminates illegal charter near Tampa Bay

Coast Guard terminates illegal charter near Tampa Bay
A Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg boarding team inspects the 50-foot uninspected passenger vessel after a Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg investigating officer terminated the voyage its voyage Jul 2, 2021 near the Tampa Bay Area.. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg investigating officer terminated the voyage of a 50-foot uninspected passenger...

Coast Guard terminates illegal charter on Lake Washington

Coast Guard terminates illegal charter on Lake Washington
Coast Guard 25-foot Response Boat-Small File Photo SEATTLE — The Coast Guard terminated an illegal charter Saturday near Mercer Island on Lake Washington. A Coast Guard Station Seattle boarding team observed a 38-foot vessel which had 15 passengers and one non-credentialed mariner operating as an illegal passenger-for-hire operation. The vessel was also knowingly operating in violation of an order...

Coast Guard halts illegal use of “paper captains”

Coast Guard halts illegal use of “paper captains”
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries law enforcement teams investigated and ceased the use of illegal foreign nationals on a fleet of commercial tuna fishing vessels that operate out of the State of Washington during the summer months. Since 2019, Coast Guard personnel, working collaboratively with CBP and NOAA agents,...

Coast Guard reminds boaters tribal, Canadian marinas remain off limits

Coast Guard reminds boaters tribal, Canadian marinas remain off limits
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard reminds recreational boaters that some tribal and Canadian marinas remain closed to limit the spread of COVID-19. The order remains in effect despite the reopening of Washington state boat ramps and recreational fishing, which is important when planning recreational fishing and boating voyages this season. As of this date, the Makah Reservation and Neah Bay remain closed...

Coast Guard interdicts lancha crews illegally fishing US waters

Coast Guard interdicts lancha crews illegally fishing US waters
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard law enforcement crews detected and interdicted four Mexican lancha boat crews engaged in illegal fishing in federal waters off the coast of southern Texas Tuesday. Coast Guard crews consisting of air support and four boat crews interdicted four lanchas with 19 fishermen engaged in illegal fishing and seized approximately 3,000 lbs of red snapper and 11 sharks. “The...

Coast Guard busts 8 illegal charters in South Florida during holiday weekend

Coast Guard busts 8 illegal charters in South Florida during holiday weekend
MIAMI — The Coast Guard halted eight illegal charters in South Florida President’s Day weekend. Coast Guard Stations Miami Beach and St. Petersburg law enforcement crews boarded multiple vessels and discovered these owners and operators were operating as illegal charters. Two of the operators violated Captain of the Port orders, which is a federal offense. Coast Guard Station Miami Beach and...

Coast Guard Captain of the Port Order violated, vessel terminated near Tampa

Coast Guard Captain of the Port Order violated, vessel terminated near Tampa
A Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg along with a law enforcement team terminated the voyage of  a 29-foot personal vessel Friday after determining it violated a Captain of the Port Order near Courtney Campbell Causeway. The vessel had eight passengers-for-hire who paid about $200 upfront for their charter. ( U.S. Coast Guard photo). ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – The Coast Guard terminated an illegal...

Coast Guard stops illegal passenger operation near Rincon, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard stops illegal passenger operation near Rincon, Puerto Rico
A Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon crewmember aboard the 32-foot Going Deep dive boat assesses the vessel’s passenger-for-hire operation during a boarding Feb. 7, 2021 near Rincon, Puerto Rico.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon and Sector San Juan marine investigators terminated an illegal passenger-for-hire operation Sunday for the 32-foot...