A sea turtle floats trapped in a derelict fishing net off the west side of Oahu, Hawaii, June, 4, 2016. Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Young and Seaman Cameron Ables, members of Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, rescued three sea turtles trapped in the derelict fishing net and brought the net to shore for disposal. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Young/Released)

Saving our ocean one turtle at a time

Today we celebrate World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. Individuals and organizations across the planet are taking action to prevent pollution in our oceans. Recently two off-duty Coast Guardsmen saved three turtles trapped in a derelict net, doing their part to conserve the endangered population of green sea turtles.


The Coast Guard's Science and Technology Innovation Center is officially opened during a ribbon cutting ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Cory Mendenhall.

Coast Guard’s new Science and Technology Innovation Center to enhance mission effectiveness through innovation

Ideas and innovation occur at all levels of an organization. Some of these ideas require years of research to develop into a fully executable solution, while other solutions can be more rapidly deployed. These innovations often improve mission effectiveness and offer solutions to potential issues that may arise. Recently, the Coast Guard, alongside scientists at the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), recognized that the Coast Guard fell short in this area, and worked to create a lasting solution that would allow for quick implementation of innovative ideas.


Griffons and Pipers and Dolphins, oh my!

Shutter Shootout 2016: Photo of the Year!

After hundreds of thousands of your votes on our Facebook page, we are proud to announce “Wildlife Control” has won Shutter Shootout 2016. “Wildlife Control” features Piper, the wildlife control canine at the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Mich. Piper keeps the airport clear of pests so aircrews, such as the ones featured in the winning photo from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City and the Royal Canadian Air Force, can safely transit the area.


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Shutter Shootout 2016: Finals

It’s Dog versus Eagle in this head-to-head 2016 Shutter Shootout championship round! Which will be crowned the winner? We need our fans to decide! Go to the official Coast Guard Facebook page and VOTE!


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Shutter Shootout 2016: Final Four

We’ve made it to the final four and your winners from each division have been chosen! Still in the competition is a pup keeping guard of an airport, a photo fit for a stamp, a cutter steaming with pride and a son happy to have his daddy home. Now it’s your turn to find out who goes to the finals of “Shutter Shootout” – your chance to select the Coast Guard photo of the year.


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Shutter Shootout 2016 – Second Round (East/West)

The votes are in as we move on to the second round of tournament play, featuring photos from the East and West divisions in Shutter Shootout, as we get closer to selecting the best Coast Guard photo of the year.


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Shutter Shootout 2016 – Second Round (North/South)

After tallying the votes for round one, the second round of Shutter Shootout begins today with the North and South divisions as we get one step closer to selecting the best Coast Guard photo of the year.


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Shutter Shootout 2016: First Round (West)

The voting continues today with photos from our West bracket. You can vote during each round of tournament play at the Coast Guard’s Facebook page by simply clicking “like” on your favorite photos. Voting will remain open on Facebook for 48 hours after each round is released. Don’t forget to check which photos are competing against each other in the bracket above, and may the best photo win!


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Shutter Shootout 2016: First Round (East)

The voting continues today with photos from our East bracket. You can vote during each round of tournament play at the Coast Guard’s Facebook page by simply clicking “like” on your favorite photos. Voting will remain open on Facebook for 48 hours after each round is released. Don’t forget to check which photos are competing against each other in the bracket above, and may the best photo win!


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Shutter Shootout 2016: First Round (South)

The voting continues today with photos from our South bracket. You can vote during each round of tournament play at the Coast Guard’s Facebook page by simply clicking “like” on your favorite photos. Voting will remain open on Facebook for 48 hours after each round is released. Don’t forget to check which photos are competing against each other in the bracket above, and may the best photo win!


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