Coast Guard Clarifies Lake Texoma Policy

For over a year, Striper Guides on Lake Texoma have been scrambling trying to meet the demands of the Coast Guard's requirement that they be required to have a Uninispected Vessel Captain's license.  The lincense in question pertains to navigable waters such as the major rivers and coastal waters.  Guides are being required to spend several thousand dollars to meet requirements that in most cases do not really pertain to Lake Texoma.  On March 24, 2010 the Coast Guard met with Senator Inhofe. 

Th following letter was written providing clarification of the Coast Guard's intentions regarding the licensing and enforcement activities on Lake Texoma.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following a March 24, 2010 meeting with U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area Commander, Vice Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., responsible for the execution of all Coast Guard operations east of the Rocky Mountains and the President’s nominee to serve as the Coast Guard’s 24th Commandant, provided written clarification of the Coast Guard’s plans for Lake Texoma saying the Coast Guard is “not planning to conduct discretionary surge or random boarding enforcement operations of UPV [uninspected passenger vessel] on Lake Texoma.”  Members of the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation welcome the letter as clarification that the Coast Guard will focus their efforts on education and outreach, casualty investigation, and operations that are based on specific and credible evidence of violations.   

The full letter is on Sen. Inhofe's web site @
News Release, Coast Guard Lake Texoma Policy Clarification 

The Coast Guard's letter to Senator Inhofe is posted @
Coast Guard Letter to Inhofe Regarding Lake Texoma

 

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