Joint patrols between the US and Canadian Coast Guard conducted operations throughout the summer in Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, and Strait of Juan de Fuca on a variety of maritime law enforcement and security missions.
More than 1,000 vessel checks resulted in the issuance of 35 violations for safety, illegal fishing, and boating under the influence. Additionally, more than 60 maritime border crossings were vetted, with nine investigative leads resulting in money crimes, narcotic trafficking, crab poaching, and Southern Resident Orca endangerment.
As boaters, we all benefit from the collaboration and cooperation of information sharing between border agencies to keep our waters safe. Our vast and geographic diverse region of the Pacific Northwest benefits from cross-border security exercises and the disruption of cross-border crimes. Dedicated airborne and seaborne law enforcement agencies are valued assets of our region.
The following agencies participated in the operations:
- Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound
- Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team 91101
- Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team West
- Coast Guard Investigative Service
- Customs and Border Protection Patrol Office of Field Operations
- Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations
- Customs and Border Protection U.S. Border Patrol
- Customs and Border Protection Office of Intelligence
- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Homeland Security Investigations
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- Canada Border Services Agency
- Department of Fisheries and Oceans