Northern Pacific Coast Guard Forum Report #1

SEATTLE – The U.S. Coast Guard and its counterparts from Canada, China, Japan, Korea and Russia will meet in a forum this week to discuss topics related to drug trafficking, maritime security, fisheries enforcement and illegal migration as part of the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum Experts Meeting. The North Pacific Coast Guard Forum was initiated in 2000 as a venue to foster cooperation through...

Coast Guard Urges Caution to Public Who Encounter Marine Life

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Coast Guard Station Cape Charles, Va., assisted professionals from the Virginia Aquariam Tuesday when four dolphins were stranded ashore near Cherrystone Inlet located in the Chesapeake Bay. Aquarium staffers and volunteers tended to the animals, but due to their beached status and poor health the animals died. In addition to this event, there have been reports of several other...

Coast Guard Seizes Illegal Catch of Atlantic Striped Bass

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A boat crew with Coast Guard Station Cape Charles, Va., seized 11 Atlantic Striped Bass from the charter vessel Poacher fishing illegally in federal waters off the coast of Virginia Thursday afternoon. The fish were donated to the Cape Charles Food Pantry, a local food bank for those in need. A Coast Guard HH-60 helicopter aircrew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., located...

Coast Guard releases red-tailed hawk after rescue and treatment | Video

Cleveland – Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor released a rescued red-tailed hawk today, two months after the hawk was rescued by Coast Guard personnel. The red-tailed hawk was discovered injured in the water near the dock at Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor on November 28, 2007. Coast Guardsmen on duty saw the bird splashing in the water and contacted a local wildlife center. The hawk...

Whale Sighted Inside the Long Beach Breakwater

SAN PEDRO, Calif – Officials from the Coast Guard received a report of what is believed to be an approximately 20-foot long whale swimming inside the Long Beach breakwater this morning at 11:45 a.m. The Coast Guard cautions vessel operators transiting in the area to stay clear of the whale. The Coast Guard is supporting the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in monitoring the whale’s...

Ship’s Chief Engineer Sentenced in Vessel Pollution Case

WASHINGTON,  – Mark Humphries, the former chief engineer of the M/V Tanabata, an American-flagged car-carrier ship based in Baltimore, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to six months in prison for conspiracy to make illegal discharges of oily waste and lying to the Coast Guard, announced Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment...

Coast Guard assists in whale rescue attempt

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration have been attempting to rescue a humpback whale entangled in fishing line off the Coast of North Carolina and Virginia since Monday. The 225-foot Coast Guard Cutter Elm, a seagoing buoy tender, the 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Block Island home ported in Atlantic Beach, N.C., and two 47-foot motor lifeboat crews...

U.S. Agency, Coast Guard Help South Korea with Oil Spill Cleanup

By Cheryl Pellerin Washington — A team of U.S. specialists has lent its expertise to the Republic of Korea after a crane barge collided with the motor tanker Hebei Spirit, releasing nearly 11.4 million liters of crude oil into the Yellow Sea 10 kilometers off the nation’s west coast. The spill happened December 7, 2007, but the cleanup effort, which could take a year or more, is just beginning. The...

Newark Oil Sheen Dissipates, Source Remains Unknown

New York – The source of a mystery oil sheen discovered 11 a.m. Sunday in Newark Bay, N.J., remains unknown. All of the visible sheen has dissipated. Coast Guard Sector New York was initially notified by a Sandy Hook pilot aboard the motor vessel HS Bizet. Other vessel operators also reported sighting the sheen throughout the afternoon. A Coast Guard Auxiliary overflight Sunday confirmed a...