Often, when thinking about Coast Guard rescues, people imagine a rescue swimmer assisting someone in distress or a small boat crew pulling a person from the water. Often forgotten, however, is the Coast Guard’s efforts to protect creatures that live below the water’s surface. Safeguarding marine mammals falls under the Coast Guard’s living marine resources mission, one of the service’s 11 statutory missions. Recently, U.S. Coast Guard Station Cortez, Fla., upheld this mission by rescuing an injured sea turtle off the coast of Florida.
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.
It was an emergency wildlife mission. A bunch of sick, cold Northeast turtles were stuck in Cape Cod trying to swim south and needed a quick lift to Florida. The Coast Guard heeded the call with a C-130J Hercules based out of Elizabeth City, N.C. The 70-pound Loggerhead and the smaller five to 10-pound Kemp’s Ridley turtles are in various stages of recovery from pneumonia and hypothermia. A record stranding of more than 200 sea turtles off the Northeast coast in early winter exceeded the New England Aquarium’s capacity to house the nearly comatose reptiles. Sensing urgency, the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Stranding Network facilitated a request for the emergency flight.
Written by 14th Coast Guard District public affairs. The Coast Guard is a key protector of our nation’s critical marine habitats and the endangered species dependent on them. These ocean resources are particularly important to those in the 14th […]
As part of the service’s living marine resources mission, the Coast Guard teams up with a variety of organizations to aid in protecting and responding to distressed animals, including sea lions. Such was the case for Southern California crews with Franklin, a wayward sea lion.
Coast Guard Cutter Waesche – the second of eight planned national security cutters – had a successful inaugural patrol, and after an in-port period is back at it again. Waesche’s crew is currently on an Asia-Pacific patrol and is once […]
In February, a Coast Guard airplane circled high off the coast of New Jersey. Scallopers were suspected of illegally fishing in a closed area, damaging the recovery of the Hudson Canyon’s scallop population. However, locating and gathering evidence against them in a large, exposed area presented challenges. Protecting living marine resources has been a Coast Guard mission since 1894, although the execution has evolved. Nowhere is this truer than in the 5th Coast Guard District.
Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Casey J. Ranel. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Gulf of Mexico was formed as a result of seafloor subsidence approximately 300 million years ago. It is approximately 995 square miles from east […]
Today is World Oceans Day by declaration of the United Nations, a day that celebrates our oceans and our connections to the sea. Since the Coast Guard is the primary agency for the at-sea enforcement of all U.S. laws and […]