e. District commanders shall:
(1) Establish close liaison with the regional NOAA Fisheries Special Agent in Charge and local
sanctuary managers to determine appropriate levels of enforcement activity and ensure timely
analysis of enforcement needs. Procedures for coordinating enforcement activity shall be set
out in a Memoranda of Agreement (MOA). Copies of such agreements shall be provided to
Commandant (G-OPL) and the cognizant area commander.
(2) Provide routine surveillance of the marine sanctuaries concurrently with other Coast Guard
operations, and provide specific, targeted or dedicated law enforcement as appropriate.
Sanctuary surveillance and enforcement should be incorporated into routine patrol orders
(3) Keep NOAA Fisheries and the local sanctuary managers informed of Coast Guard operations
(4) Participate with NOS and other Federal, state and local agencies in the development of
sanctuary management plans and regulations to provide advice on the enforceability and safety
of regulatory proposals and impacts on Coast Guard operations within sanctuary boundaries.
(5) Assist NOAA Fisheries and the local sanctuary managers in assessing the level and nature of
user activity in the sanctuaries through coordinated surveillance patrols.
(6) Review violations of sanctuary regulations as documented by Coast Guard units on
Enforcement Action Reports and Offense Investigation Reports. Forward completed
enforcement case documentation to NOAA Fisheries for processing and final adjudication by
NOAA General Counsel per reference (b).
(7) Coordinate cooperation of the Auxiliary with the local sanctuary managers in providing NOS
educational material to the boating public during Auxiliary boating safety courses, courtesy
safety examinations, and other activities as deemed appropriate.
f. The Assistant Commandant for Operations (G-O) shall, through the Office of Law Enforcement
(1) Participate at the national level as the central headquarters point of contact for the National
Marine Sanctuary Program and law enforcement issues.
(2) Coordinate with the Office of Response (G-MOR) for marine environmental protection and
contingency planning issues.
(3) Coordinate with the Office of Aids to Navigation (G-OPN) and the Office of Vessel Traffic
Management (G-MWV) for navigation and waterways management issues.