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Coast Guard catches up to illegal fishing vessel across the Pacific

The high-seas driftnetter the U.S. Coast Guard chased across the North Pacific Ocean has been turned over to Chinese Fishery Law Enforcement.

Interior Secretary Salazar plans tour of Alaska

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is planning a three-day trip to Alaska. Salazar is preparing to decide whether to issue final drilling permits to Shell Oil, which hopes to drill exploratory wells this summer in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.

Update: Mariner spotted by private helicopter

A boater who had been missing since Sunday in the Ketchikan area was found Wednesday just north of Knudson Cove.

US cutter pursues illegal fishing vessel across the Pacific

A Coast Guard cutter is off the coast of Japan, pursuing prosecution of an unregistered fishing vessel suspected of catching 40 tons of fish with an illegal high seas driftnet.

EPA reaches agreement with Alaska shipper on fuel standard

The federal government has reached agreement with one of Alaska's largest shipping companies, providing a conditional waiver for new fuel standards while Totem Ocean Trailer Express converts to cleaner-burning fuel.

Fishing boat sinks near Sitka AK; crew rescued

The Coast Guard says a 50-foot fishing vessel capsized and sank while pulling in loaded salmon nets but another nearby boat rescued all five of the stricken vessel's crew members.

Update: Searchers locate wreckage of missing plane, pilot dead

Update: Searchers locate wreckage of missing plane, pilot deadA Coastal Helicopters crew spotted the wreckage of a missing small plane Thursday afternoon in the Point Howard area between Juneau and Gustavus. A Juneau Mountain Rescue team later found the pilot's body at the crash site.

UPDATE: Coast Guard, good Samaritans searching for missing small plane near Point Howard

UPDATE: Coast Guard, good Samaritans searching for missing small plane near Point HowardThe Coast Guard and a commercial helicopter company are looking for a small plane that went missing between Juneau and Gustavus this morning.

Rescued F-16 pilot headed to Alaska

The jet went into the North Pacific about 200-miles off the coast of Japan on Sunday.

Coast Guard relaxes certification standards for oil spill containment barge

The Coast Guard is relaxing certification standards for Shell’s oil spill containment barge. The company convinced regulators the Arctic Challenger should be considered a mobile unit. Among other things, that means its mooring system only needs to be able to weather a 10-year storm, as opposed to the more rigorous 100-year standard for fixed platforms.