Coast Guard assists NOAA by safeguarding 11 beached pilot whales

Coast Guard assists NOAA by safeguarding 11 beached pilot whales
MIAMI — The Coast Guard is assisting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Everglades National Park officials in the safe guarding of approximately 11 pilot whales that are beached on the west side of Everglades National Park. A pod of pilot whales swims off the coast of Everglades National Park, Fla., Dec. 5, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney The...

Coast Guard, NOAA return weather buoy to service in Southeast Alaska

Coast Guard, NOAA return weather buoy to service in Southeast Alaska
SITKA, Alaska — Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration personnel repaired NOAA weather data buoy 46084 and returned it to service in Southeast Alaska Tuesday. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Maple coordinated with NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center to complete repairs on the buoy, ensure it was functioning correctly and redeploy it 29 miles southwest of Cape Edgecumbe. “The...

Coast Guard, NOAA seize 700 pounds of illegally caught shrimp

Coast Guard, NOAA seize 700 pounds of illegally caught shrimp
HOUSTON — A joint law enforcement operation involving Coast Guard crewmembers and agents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration resulted in the seizure of 700 pounds of illegally caught shrimp in Louisiana waters, Monday. A boarding team from Coast Guard Station Lake Charles along with a NOAA Fisheries enforcement officer were deployed and discovered that the crew of the fishing...

Federal, tribal, state, local partners monitor Pacific Ocean for reported debris from Japanese tsunami

Federal, tribal, state, local partners monitor Pacific Ocean for reported debris from Japanese tsunami
SEATTLE — Federal, tribal, state and local partners are working closely to monitor waters off of Washington for a large dock that was reported drifting offshore on December 14. There has been no confirmation of the object and it has not been re-located since its initial report. The object is reported to be similar to a dock that beached in Oregon in July. On Friday evening, fishermen aboard Fishing...

Coast Guard and NOAA remind mariners to slow down to protect right whales

PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard reminded large vessel operators Wednesday that Operation Right Speed is in effect until the end of April 2012, to protect right whales in mid-Atlantic waters where they are known to migrate. Collisions with ships and interaction with fishing gear are a major cause of mortality and injury to the North Atlantic right whale. The Coast Guard is working closely with the...

NOAA predicts below normal Eastern Pacific hurricane season

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center today announced that climate conditions point to a below normal hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific this year. The outlook calls for a 5 percent probability of an above normal season, a 25 percent probability of a near normal season and a 70 percent probability of a below normal season. Allowing for forecast uncertainties, seasonal hurricane forecasters...

NOAA hurricane outlook indicates an above-normal Atlantic season

The Atlantic basin is expected to see an above-normal hurricane season this year, according to the seasonal outlook issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center – a division of the National Weather Service. Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAA is predicting the following ranges this year: googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0');...

Coast Guard, partner agencies identify mysterious sheen in Florida Keys as organic matter, not oil

Algae near Key West, Fla. U.S. Coast Guard photo. KEY WEST, Fla. – The Coast Guard, in conjunction with scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, have confirmed that numerous reports over the weekend of a mysterious mile-long sheen in the Atlantic Ocean off Key West was caused by an organic material and not oil. Samples...

Tar Balls Force NOAA to Close 4,200 Square Miles of Gulf Waters to Royal Red Shrimping

Gulf Coast Shrimper Photo from FlickrNOAA has closed 4,213 square miles of Gulf of Mexico federal waters off Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama to royal red shrimping. The precautionary measure was taken after a commercial shrimper, having hauled in his catch of the deep water shrimp, discovered tar balls in his net. Fishing for royal red shrimp is conducted by pulling fishing nets across the bottom...