From June through August, the U.S. Coast Guard be involved in search and rescue, vessel safety, defending Alaska’s marine resources and other mission goals, according to the USCG.
This week, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Teams and Sector Juneau began conducting summer missions in Petersburg and Wrangell, Alaska including inspections in Petersburg, and offering commercial fishing and charter boat exams.
The USCG said it plans to keep a regular presence on the water and board vessels with a pair of 29-foot response boat crews.
With the upcoming departure of Coast Guard cutter Anacapa and the gap period before the Coast Guard cutter Pike arrives, it’s very important that the Coast Guard work to provide ample support to this region during the busy summer months, said Cmdr. Scott Pierce, the USCG’s Sector Juneau chief of response responsible for law enforcement, pollution response and search and rescue missions in Southeast Alaska.
“Our goal,” Pierce said, “is to provide a Coast Guard safety and law enforcement presence amongst the vital commercial and recreational fishing communities of Petersburg and Wrangell.”