America’s Waterway Watch (AWW) is a program of the United States Coast Guard and its Reserve and Auxiliary components.
The program encourages members of the general public to be on the alert for suspicious activity and behavior by boaters.
As part of an effort to tighten security and watch for terrorists after the September 11 attacks of 2001, people involved in the maritime industry and recreational boating were encouraged by the Coast Guard to report suspicious activity to the National Response Center.
The program was created in 2005 when Coast Guard Commandant Thomas H. Collins issued Commandant Instruction 16618.8, officially formalizing its formation.
To report suspicious activity:
Call the National Response Center at 1-877-24WATCH. If there is immediate danger to life or property, call 911 or the U.S. Coast Guard on Channel 16
How to identify suspicious activity
How to report details of what you see