Joint maritime law enforcement, security operations in PNW

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Multiple U.S. and Canadian partner agencies planned and executed four large-scale interagency, binational operations throughout the summer focused on a variety of maritime law enforcement and security missions in Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, and Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Joint maritime operations focused on enhanced maritime border security to deter and interdict illicit activity; improved awareness of vessel movements; traffic patterns; and fishing activity; strengthening interagency partnerships, communications, and interoperability; and leveraging resources and partnerships to achieve multi-mission success. At the conclusion of operations, U.S. and Canadian partner agency personnel conducted more than 1,000 vessel checks resulting in issuance of 35 violations for safety, illegal fishing, and boating under the influence. Additionally, more than 60 maritime border crossings were vetted by participating agency personnel, and nine investigative leads were discovered including vessels and persons under investigation for money crimes, narcotic trafficking, Southern Resident Killer Whale endangerment, and crab poaching.

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