During their deployment, the crew trekked more than 6,300 miles throughout the Aleutian Islands and Bristol Bay, offered search and rescue coverage for about 890,000 square miles in the area and enforced federal fisheries laws by conducting four boardings, “which ensured the sustainability of Pacific Cod stocks during the short three-week season, in support of the $13.9 billion fishing industry,” the agency said.
Crew members also tended to an injured fisherman Dec. 30 located about 80 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor.
“It’s always difficult being separated from family during the holidays, but the crew did a great job of giving the cutter a festive makeover and found creative ways to stay positive during a stressful time,” said Capt. Benjamin Golightly, Alex Haley commanding officer. “The crew has remained diligent and devoted to mission success in all aspects and continue to answer the call for Coast Guard presence during one of the most challenging times of year in the Bering Sea.”