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Press Release | Feb. 7, 2024

U.S. Coast Guard to discontinue seasonal sound signals at Umpqua River and Yaquina Bay

Petty Officer 3rd Class Kelly Yost, an electrician's mate at Aids to Navigation Team Puget Sound, climbs the Ediz Hook Light tower in Port Angeles, Wash., Feb. 21, 2017.  The ANT has an area of responsibility that ranges from the Canadian border to Olympia through the Strait of Juan De Fuca and the Quillayute River along the western Washington coast.  U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of ANT Puget Sound.

SEATTLE – The U.S. Coast Guard is set to permanently discontinue the seasonal Sound Signals at Umpqua River South Jetty Sound Signal (LLNR 9247) and Yaquina Bay. The U.S. Coast Guard will cease their use with the conclusion of the 2024 spring installation.  

Mariners and community members are encouraged to provide comments on the upcoming changes, as well as performance and operation of the aids to navigation. Any discrepancies related to these or other Aids to Navigation should continue to be reported to U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. 

The U.S. Coast Guard values the input of the maritime community and remains dedicated to ensuring the safety and efficiency of waterborne transportation. The decision to discontinue these Sound Signals aligns with ongoing efforts to modernize and optimize navigational systems.  

The U.S. Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service operating under the Department of Homeland Security. Its primary responsibility is the safety and security of the maritime public, including environmental stewardship and enforcing maritime laws.  

For further information, or comments reach out to Aids to Navigation, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River (503) 861-6211 or