Marine Enforcement Section

From Ketchikan, Prince William Sound, Kodiak Island,
Alaska Peninsula, Bristol Bay, to the Bering Sea.

Patrolling these waters for your safety and livelihood. Proudly Serving The People of Alaska.

Vessel Stimson

Alaska is twice the size of Texas, one fifth the size of the entire contiguous United States, and has more than 31,383 miles of coastline. Off shore of Alaska's coastline are some of the richest fishing grounds in the world. The Department of Public Safety, Division of Alaska Wildlife Troopers is responsible for protecting this resource from the shore out to 3 miles. The State is also responsible for the preservation of the migratory fish resource, such as salmon, up to 200 miles off shore of Alaska. The Bering Sea alone encompasses 886,000 square miles of fishing grounds. The Department of Public Safety's effort in the patrol and enforcement of these waters is entrusted to the Marine Enforcement Section (MES) with the Alaska Wildlife Troopers. Assigned to MES, as well as other posts from Ketchikan to Kotzebue, are 17 vessels that range in size from 25 to 156 feet. Numerous other smaller skiffs augment patrol and boarding operations either independently or in support of the MES.

Vessel Enforcer

During Bristol Bay's Red Salmon six week fishery alone, there are over 1900 fishing vessels and 1000 set net sites registered to participate in the harvesting of Alaska's salmon. These types of fisheries not only produce a tremendous amount of enforcement responsibilities for the MES, but also result in numerous Search and Rescues yearly for unfortunate mariners. The Patrol Vessels are manned by commissioned State Troopers from the Division of Alaska Wildlife Troopers. The MES's larger vessels are manned with U.S.C.G. licensed Masters and First Mates (Troopers holding U.S.C.G. 100 ton or greater licenses). The Patrol Vessels WOLDSTAD, STIMSON and ENFORCER are also manned with civilian Boat Officers (Deck Hands) and Vessel Technicians (Engineers). For the crews of these Patrol Vessels, family life comes in small doses. Patrols routinely last 30 to 45 days and account for as many as 240 days per year away from home. Patrols just to arrive on the fishing grounds, such as the Bering Sea, can take four days of navigating due to some of the most challenging weather in the world. Storms with gale and hurricane force winds 50 to 80 mph and seas in excess of 30 feet are not uncommon. There are few hiding places in the Bering Sea and Bristol Bay, which, subsequently, leaves the Patrol Vessels to ride out the storms in the unprotected waters.

Vessel Camai

Kodiak, Alaska is Home Port to Patrol Vessels WOLDSTAD, AND CAMAI. For Kodiak Island Marine Weather, try "MARINE FORECAST". For general Kodiak information, "Kodiak General Info".

Dutch Harbor, Alaska is Home Port to the Division's largest Patrol Vessel, STIMSON. More information on Dutch Harbor can be located at "Unalaska/Dutch Harbor".

Home Port for the Patrol Vessel ENFORCER is in Ketchikan, Alaska. For information on Juneau try, "Juneau - Capital City's Home Page". For some of Alaska's Official State Agencies and FAQ, "State of Alaska's Home Page".

Mariners concerned with the correct official time should compare their clocks to the "US Naval Master Clock". Up to date tide information throughout the state can be found at "NOAA".

Learn more about Patrol Vessel Stimson
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