Hickory sets seasonal buoys along Kuskokwim River

Hickory sets buoys in Kuskokwim

KUSKOKWIM RIVER, Alaska - Personnel from Coast Guard Cutter Hickory sets seasonal buoys in Kuskokwim River. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Hickory.

by Lt. Faith Reynolds

Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, a 225-foot buoy tender home ported in Homer, Alaska, set 45 seasonal buoys along the lower Kuskokwim River and Kuskokwim Bay from May 28 to 31. These buoys are set around June of every year and then removed in October before the ice sets in. The Kuskokwim River is known for its shifting sandbars, both visible and covered, and blind channels. The channels in the bay and river undergo constant change from year to year, because of the action of the sea, currents, and ice. These buoys aid in the safe navigation of vessels along the lower Kuskokwim River, leading up to Bethel, where over 80,000 short tons of cargo are shipped each year.

Hickory sets seasonal buoys in Kuskokwim River

KUSKOKWIM RIVER, Alaska - Personnel from Coast Guard Cutter Hickory prepare to set a seasonal buoy in the Kuskokwim River. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Hickory.

Hickory sets seasonal buoys in Kuskokwim River

KUSKOKWIM RIVER, Alaska - Personnel from the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory toss a seasonal buoy into the water. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Hickory.

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