USCG has noticed a lot of vandalism of navigational aids and is requesting any one noticing missing or damaged aids, or witness anyone vandalizing or stealing aids, are requested to contact the nearest Coast Guard unit or the District 17Command Center at (907) 463-2001.
Persons who vandalize, obstruct or impair the usefulness of aids to navigation in any way are subject to a fine of $2,500 and up to one year in prison.
Vandalism or theft are most often reported in Gastineau Channel, lower Stephens Passage, and Olga and Neva Straits near Sitka.Â In 2007, a bouy was shot with a large caliber rifle and the replacement cost was over $28,000.
There are over 800 aids throughout Southeast Alaska year-round. The Coast Guard aims to ensure that all aids to navigation are on station, andÂ displaying proper characteristics.