Large-scale drift net fishing on the high seas is not only illegal, it also poses a significant threat to our oceans’ ecosystems. Together with international partners, Coast Guard cutters routinely participate in efforts to detect and deter these activities. One such cutter is Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, who recently transferred custody of the fishing vessel Yin Yuan, a 191-foot fishing vessel seized 625 miles east of Tokyo, Japan for large-scale high seas drift net fishing to the China Coast Guard vessel 2102.
Coast Guard cutters Assateague and Sequoia recently returned to Apra Harbor, Guam, after each cutter completed patrols as part of Operation Rai Balang, a regional fisheries operation between the United States, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau and Republic of Marshall Islands. The cutters combined transited more than 7,500 nautical miles over 40 days at sea through the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Island’s exclusive economic zone and surrounding high seas.
Safeguarding marine mammals falls under the Coast Guard’s living marine resources mission, one of the service’s 11 statutory missions. The nation’s waterways and their ecosystems are vital to the country’s economy and health. This includes ensuring the country’s marine protected species are provided the protection necessary to help their populations recover to healthy, sustainable levels.
Written by Christopher Lagan. In an address to the general assembly of the International Maritime Organization, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp encouraged the IMO to address the pressing issues facing the international shipping community, including the Arctic, piracy and […]
The Coast Guard bid fair winds and following seas this week to Gary Kassof following a distinguished 40-year career in the Coast Guard. As the bridge management specialist in the 1st Coast Guard District, Kassof is considered to be one of the Coast Guard’s first environmental pioneers.
Sadly, summer is over and freezing temperatures are right around the corner. Freezing temperatures for boat owners means time for winterization! Even if you are in a region that is more temperate, winterizing your boat is important and fall is the perfect time to take the proper steps.
Inside the thick red hull of Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a multitude of crewmembers, scientists and support staff hustle to and fro, performing their various jobs in preparation for operations during Arctic Shield 2013. The 420-foot icebreaker reached its destination amidst the ice floes of the cold Arctic waters, and everyone is eager to begin deploying the five unique technologies aboard the ship that could have the ability to enhance oil detection and recovery capabilities in the Arctic.
In late September, Hurricane Ingrid prompted a fleet of 179 Mexican shrimp boats to request shelter in the port of Brownsville until it was safe to return to Mexican waters. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection crews boarded each of the vessels, taking account of crew numbers and any pollution concerns that could adversely effect the port. This process took approximately 18 hours.
One of the core missions of the U.S. Coast Guard is marine environmental protection. Whether educating the boating public about reducing speeds around manatees, enforcing protection zones for whales or working with partner agencies to remove derelict fishing nets from reefs, the Coast Guard ensures our nation’s waterways and their ecosystems remain healthy and sustainable.
From July 29 to Aug. 15, 2013, Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the Coast Guard’s largest ice breaker and research vessel deployed to the Arctic Ocean under Capt. John Reeves with 44 scientists aboard. Under the aegis of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Healy scientists probed the water column and ocean floor in order to establish a basic understanding of the Chukchi Sea ecosystem.