Coast Guard kicks off Operation Be Whale Wise

Coast Guard kicks off Operation Be Whale Wise
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard kicks off Operation Be Whale Wise to encourage the public to practice safe whale-watching this summer in the Pacific Northwest. Operation Be Whale Wise is an effort to educate the public through outreach and enforcement activities, as well as increase the public’s stewardship of these local orcas through engagement of “citizen science.” Although the endeavor...

Coast Guard responds to vessel breaching whale exclusion zone

Coast Guard responds to vessel breaching whale exclusion zone
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard responded to a vessel breaching the 200-yard exclusion zone for whales near Orcas Island, Wash., Wednesday Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a report from a witness claiming a 25-foot pleasure craft was within the 200-yard exclusion zone around a group of orcas near Orcas Island at approximately 5 p.m. The crew of the Coast Guard Cuttyhunk was notified and responded...

Coast Guard terminates crabbing vessel voyages in Oregon

SEATTLE — Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Fir have terminated the voyages of three Oregon crabbing vessels and discovered 12 violations since Monday.