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Press Release | May 1, 2023

MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard led task force to discuss risks of illegal charters in Destin, Fla.

U.S. Coast Guard Heartland Office: 504-671-2020 Cell: 618-225-9008

Editor’s Note: Media interested in attending should RSVP by 1 p.m. Tuesday by calling 618-225-7866 or emailing

WHO: Gulf Coast Illegal Charter Task Force members from Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Coast Guard Station Destin, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Law Enforcement, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Alabama Marine Resources Division, and Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. 

WHAT: The GCIC Task Force will hold a press briefing, conduct interviews, and offer media ride-alongs on Coast Guard assets to bring awareness to the risks of illegal charters. 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at 1 p.m.

WHERE: Station Destin, 702 FL-30, Destin, Florida, 32541

DESTIN, Fla. — Members of the Coast Guard and the GCIC Task Force are scheduled to hold a press briefing, conduct interviews, and offer media ride-alongs in Destin to bring awareness to the risks of illegal charters on Wednesday. 

The task force is comprised of 10 agencies from Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida who will discuss how to identify illegal charter operators, the consequences of operating an illegal charter, and safe practices for chartering vessels.

Capt. Ulysses S. Mullins, commander of Sector Mobile, will also provide remarks on the task force's efforts to identify and halt illegal charter operations.

Media is invited to interview task force agencies individually and ride along on Coast Guard assets following the brief. 

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