Coast Guard launches environmental protection operation

Coast Guard District 11 NewsSAN PEDRO, Calif. – Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach has launched Operation Neptune’s Rise, to locate derelict vessels that pose a possible pollution risk. The mission will run from Nov. 7th through the 30th and will cover almost every port, harbor, marina, anchorage and yacht club between Morro Bay, Calif., and Dana Point, Calif.

“We must identify boats that pose a risk to our pristine California waters and shorelines,” said Coast Guard Capt. Roger Laferriere, the commanding officer of Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach.

A derelict vessel is defined as a vessel in which its structural integrity or its owners/operators negligence towards the vessel’s maintenance poses a potential pollution threat to the environment.

Coast Guard pollution investigators will identify, document, and make recommendations for future actions involving derelict vessels.

The Coast Guard will ensure that vessel owners and marina managers are made aware of vessels deemed to pose an environmental threat so actions can be made to avoid any pollution releases.

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