Who Enforces Boating Laws?
Alaska Department of Public Safety officers and all other peace officers enforce the boating laws of Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard officers also patrol and have enforcement authority on federally controlled waters.
- Officers have the authority to stop your vessel in order to check that you are complying with state and federal laws.
- It is illegal to refuse to follow the directive of a person with law enforcement authority. An operator who has received a visual or audible signal from a law enforcement officer must bring his or her vessel to a stop.