Coast Guard reminds California mariners to participate in Pacific Seacoast study

Buoys stand at attention awaiting deployment into the Pacific Ocean. (Coast Guard photo by Seaman Robert Brazzell)

Buoys stand at attention awaiting deployment into the Pacific Ocean. (Coast Guard file photo by Seaman Robert Brazzell)

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Coast Guard reminds boaters that there is still time to participate in a survey related to a study of aids to navigation in U.S. Pacific waters including the California coast.

The survey is open to all categories of mariners to include commercial, passenger, recreational and sail and power boaters.

Survey topics include international requirements, environmental concerns, user capabilities, available technology and available resources. Those interested can participate in the study by completing the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PacSeacoastWAMS.

The study, which concludes March 31, was announced late last year and is part of the Coast Guard’s Future Navigation initiative, the multi-year effort to analyze, optimize and modernize the navigation systems that safely guide millions of mariners and trillions of dollars’ worth of trade into U.S. ports.

The Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study is scheduled to review the short range Aids to Navigation (ATON) system that covers American waterways from the Canadian border to the Mexican border and around Alaska, Hawaii and the Marianas Islands.

Managed by the Coast Guard Office of Navigation Systems and maintained by Coast Guard buoy tenders and ATON teams around the nation, aids to navigation help mariners to determine their position, chart a safe course and steer clear of hazards.

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