JUNEAU - U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage moved its radio monitoring operations from Kodiak to the Sector Command Center in Anchorage to better serve the boating community.
The move is the first step in a process that will streamline communications between the Coast Guard and recreational and commercial mariners, the Coast Guard said in a statement.
Radio operations will be located with search and rescue control personnel, allowing better coordination and communication during times of need.
"We want to assure the public there will always be someone listening," said Senior Chief Petty Officer Jimmy Belcher, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage Command Center supervisor. "The mariners are not losing any communication at all."
A second stage of consolidation is set to occur in early September, when radio operations will be moved from Valdez to Anchorage.
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons will continue to be heard by the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center in Juneau.