Coast Guard, State agencies partner to protect marine life around Hawaii Island

Coast Guard, State agencies partner to protect marine life around Hawaii Island
Coast Guard and NOAA Office of Law Enforcement crews aboard a Coast Guard Cutter William Hart small boat patrol off Hawaii Island in June 2020. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by cutter William Hart) HONOLULU — Coast Guard and NOAA Office of Law Enforcement crews conducted joint patrols under Operation Nemo in the vicinity of Hawaii Island June 16 to 26. During the 10-day enforcement operation, crews visited...

Coast Guard sets record for lancha interdictions third year in a row

Coast Guard sets record for lancha interdictions third year in a row
Coast Guard Station South Padre Island 33-Foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement file photo by PA2 Adam Eggers. NEW ORLEANS — U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement crews have already interdicted a record-breaking number of lanchas throughout the Gulf of Mexico for fiscal year 2020. Since October 2019, Coast Guard assets and personnel have detected a total of 176 lanchas, interdicting 106. Since the...

Coast Guard interdicts lancha crews illegally fishing US waters

Coast Guard interdicts lancha crews illegally fishing US waters
A Station South Padre Island law enforcement boat crew stops a lancha crew engaged in illegal fishing in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico April 30, 2020.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station South Padre Island) CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard law enforcement crews detected and interdicted five Mexican lancha boat crews engaged in illegal fishing in federal waters off the coast of southern...

Coast Guard, partners, wrap up successful Op Rai Balang 2020

Coast Guard, partners, wrap up successful Op Rai Balang 2020
A boarding team from the USCGC Sequoia approaches a Taiwanese fishing vessel in the Pacific Ocean, March 13, 2020. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by USCGC Sequoia) HONOLULU — The United States and international partners successfully concluded the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) surveillance operation in the Pacific, March 27. Op Rai Balang is an FFA operation designed to combat illegal, unreported,...

Coast Guard interdicts lancha crews illegally fishing US waters

Coast Guard interdicts lancha crews illegally fishing US waters
33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement file photo CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Multiple 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 Thursday. Coast Guard crews consisting of air support, a small boat crew, and two cutters stopped the lanchas approximately 20 miles north of...

Coast Guard interdicts lancha crews illegally fishing US waters

Coast Guard interdicts lancha crews illegally fishing US waters
A launch crew is escorted by Coast Guard law enforcement crews after being interdicted while engaged in illegal fishing in federal waters off the coast of southern Texas April 6, 2020.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Multiple Coast Guard law enforcement crews detected and interdicted three Mexican lancha boat crews engaged in illegal fishing in federal waters off the coast of southern...

Monk seal safely transferred from Oahu to seal rehabilitation facility

Monk seal safely transferred from Oahu to seal rehabilitation facility
An adult female seal is loaded into the HC-130 fixed wing aircraft to be transported from Oahu to Kona, February 19, 2020. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Hawaii Marine Mammal Response) HONOLULU— Personnel from the Coast Guard 14th District, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and The Marine Mammal Center partnered to transport a rehabilitated monk seal, Pōhaku, from Oahu to...

Coast Guard interdicts illegal foreign fishers in Pacific

Coast Guard interdicts illegal foreign fishers in Pacific
Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point C-130 Hercules aircraft file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle HONOLULU — The Coast Guard interdicted several foreign fishing vessels fishing inside the US exclusive economic zone on two separate occasions incidents in the first two months of 2020. “While we’ve seen incursions into the EEZs of partners and illegal, unreported, and unregulated...

Coast Guard terminates fishing vessel voyage due to violations

Coast Guard terminates fishing vessel voyage due to violations
Pictured are 10 fillets of snapper/grouper, 26 fillets of wahoo and approximately 10 pounds of Queen Conch.  (Coast Guard Photo) KEY WEST, Fla. — The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of the fishing vessel, Salt Shaker II, after discovering multiple living marine resources violations during a boarding Monday approximately 13 miles southeast of Key Largo. A Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. (WPC-1107)...