Coast Guard seizes 25,000 pounds of shrimp caught in closed shrimping area

Coast Guard seizes 25,000 pounds of shrimp caught in closed shrimping area
HOUSTON — Crews from three boats turned their catch of more than 25,000 pounds of shrimp over to the Coast Guard early Tuesday morning. The Coast Guard Cutter Heron observed the vessels actively shrimping in closed waters approximately 90 miles from Galveston. The Coast Guard transferred the catch over to officials from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in Port Arthur on Wednesday. NMFS,...

Coast Guard issues fishing violations to New Bedford vessels

BOSTON – Two New Bedford based fishing vessels were issued violations for significant Atlantic Sea Scallop management plan fisheries infractions on March 23, 2011. The vessels were issued violations for unauthorized scallop fishing inside of the Hudson Canyon Closed Area and for fishing outside of the Elephant Trunk Access Area while declared to fish inside an area open to fishing known as the...

Coast Guard, National Marine Fisheries Service task force helps stop illegal scallop harvest

A boarding team member from the US Coast Guard Cutter Elm stands next to an illegal catch of scallops aboard a fishing vessel.PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Elm intercepted and boarded a fishing vessel found with scallop dredging gear deployed while in a closure area east of New Jersey, Wednesday. The crew of the Elm, homeported in Fort Macon, N.C., was conducting joint operations...

Coast Guard and NMFS ask public to assist catching striped bass poachers

FORT MACON, N.C. — The Coast Guard has received reports Wednesday of thousands of dead Atlantic striped bass off Oregon Inlet. “Reports of striped more than three nautical miles offshore may be indicative of illegal fishing,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Saunders of Coast Guard 5th District law enforcement branch. “The Coast Guard urges anyone who witnesses illegal commercial, charter or...

Coast Guard Responds to Report of Whale Strike

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of a possible gray whale struck by a mariner in San Diego Bay on Friday. At around 1:45 p.m. Sector San Diego received a report of a vessel transiting near Harbor Island inside the bay and struck the whale. Sector diverted the nearby 33-foot response boat, from Station San Diego, to the scene where the vessel possibly struck the whale, to conduct...

Coast Guard, Cook Islands Ministry of Fisheries seize shark fins

HONOLULU — U.S. Coast Guard boarding team members seized 15 pounds of shark fins aboard a fishing vessel in the Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Thursday at approximately 5 p.m.

Alaska Federal and State Agencies Team-up to Promote Safe King Crab Season

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard, National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Department of Fish & Game and Alaska Wildlife Troopers are teaming up to promote a safe Red King Crab Season which began at 12 p.m. Wednesday.

Coast Guard Temporarily Terminates Fishing Voyage

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet temporarily terminated a fishing voyage approximately 30 miles northeast of Kodiak at approximately 2 p.m., Monday. A boarding team from the Acushnet, a 213-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Ketchikan, Alaska conducted a routine fishing vessel inspection and found a shark fin hanging from the rigging of the fishing vessel Arctic Wave....

Suit Filed to Force Coast Guard to Protect Whales From California Coast Ship Strikes

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, (E-wire Press Release) – Today the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit seeking to force the U.S. Coast Guard to comply with the Endangered Species Act and protect endangered whales from ship traffic off the California coast. Last year, collisions with ships killed at least three endangered blue whales off southern California, yet the Coast Guard maintains...