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Saving our ocean one turtle at a time

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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)

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.

2015 Videos of the Year: Turtle rescue

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Video of the Year: Turtle rescue

During a patrol over the summer, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Stratton thought they were going to find drugs but instead found turtles entangled in fishing gear. What happened next? Watch to find out!

Unique rescue operation saves two sea turtles

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A unique rescue operation saves two sea turtles

Protecting living marine resources is one of the 11 statutory missions of the U.S. Coast Guard. While thinking about Coast Guard rescues, many think about the Coast Guard assiting those in distress, but many forget about the Coast Guard’s committment to rescuing those that also live beneath the water’s surface.

2014 Videos of the Year: Turtle Rescue

Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 Videos of the Year: Turtle Rescue

The Coast Guard rescues lives every day – but it’s not every day we save a 800-pound leatherback turtle! Watch the action in the eighth video in this year’s Video of the Year competition!

500 baby turtles get a lift

Monday, September 9, 2013

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.

Saving our oceans one turtle at a time

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Turtle

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.

Helping wayward manatees & turtle hatchlings

Thursday, January 26, 2012

turtle hatchlings

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to the Coast Guard. While search and rescue and law enforcement tend to dominate the headlines, that doesn’t mean the Coast Guard isn’t performing other missions in communities across our […]

Coast Guard gives endangered sea turtles lift home

Monday, December 13, 2010

sea turtles

This past weekend, 20 Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles got a lift home with the help of a dedicated team of scientists and Coast Guardsmen. “After a few months of record sea turtle strandings in Massachusetts and countless hours caring for […]

The Long Blue Line: Cutter Dependable—50 Years of “Credibility Built on Excellence”

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable underway in the Eastern Pacific Ocean on patrol. The Cutter Dependable's crew returned to their homeport, Virginia Beach, Va., after a two-month patrol of the Eastern Pacific Ocean May 4, 2017. During this patrol, the crew seized over 8,000 pounds of cocaine with an estimated value of $122 million which will be used as evidence to prosecute 19 suspected smugglers. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Dependable.

Today marks the golden anniversary of the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable’s service in the Coast Guard. Over its distinguished 50 years of service, the cutter and its crews have earned countless honors and awards for law enforcement, living marine resources, search and rescue and humanitarian missions they have conducted.

The Long Blue Line: Rogue cutter James Madison and first Coast Guard POWs

Thursday, April 27, 2017

In a high stakes gamble against the Royal Navy, revenue cutter James Madison’s captain George Books beat the odds for a time, but his luck eventually ran out. He sacrificed the freedom of his enlisted crewmembers, one of whom paid the ultimate price in England’s ghastly prison-ship system. Brooks and his men were members of the long blue line, who went down in history as the service’s first prisoners-of-war.

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