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Notice To Mariners

What is a Notice to Mariners?

Notice to Mariners are the primary means for disseminating information concerning aids to navigation, hazards to navigation, and other items of marine information of interest to mariners. This information is collected and is available for all mariners that are working in your chosen research area.

U. S. Coast Guard Local Notice to Mariners

The U.S. Coast Guard has divided up the responsibility of the U.S. into "Districts" Each district is responsible for the developing and issuance of LMN's for their area of responsibility.  Below is a list of districts, area of responsibility, links, fax and contact numbers and other information if available.

District 1 (Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey) Contact: (800) 848-3942,  Fax: (617) 223-8073,  LNM FORM
District 5 (Shrewsbury, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina) Contact (757) 398-6486
District 7 (South Carolina, Georgia and Florida) Contact: (305) 415-6730, Fax: (305) 415-6757
District 8 (Gulf of Mexico, Econfina River, FL to the Rio Grande, TX) Contact (703) 313-5900
District 11 (California Coast) Fax: (510) 437-5836,  Webpage with LNM information
District 13 (Oregon and Washington State Coast) Contact: (206) 220-7280, Fax: (206) 220-7265
Distrct 14 (Hawaii, Guam, Marianas Islands) (808) 541-2316,  Fax: (808) 541-2309
District 17 (Alaska Coast) Contact: (907) 463-2269, Fax: (907) 463-2273

Information to be included in a Local Notice to Mariners (for Districts that do not have specific guidelines)

- Type of operation (i.e. dredging, diving operations, construction.)
- Location of operation including Latitude and Longitude and geographical position if applicable.
- Duration of operation including start and completion dates.  If these dates change, the Coast Guard needs to be notified.
- Vessel(s) involved in the operation.
- VHF-FM Radio Frequencies monitored by vessels on scene.
- Point of Contact and 24 hour phone number.
- Chart Number for the area of the operation.

Example of Information to be included in a Local Notice to Mariners

Type of Operation: Submersible (DSV Alvin) operations and hydrographic surveys.
Location of Operation: Santa Barbara Channel and Santa Cruz Basin 34o 07N, 119o 40’52”W to 34o 21’8”N, 121o 7’43”W.
Duration of Operations: 03 - 17 July, 2007
Vessels involved: R/V ATLANTIS
VHF-FM radio frequencies monitored: Channel 16
Point of Contact: Marine Operations Coordinator
24 hour phone number: XXX-XXX-XXXX
Chart number: 18022, Dated 26 Jan 2002