There should already be some link with the player in place. If I recall, it uses the same logic as Governor Ship Hunting and Treasure Quest Pirates. That would indeed be a good way of handling it, I reckon. But that was never done, because nobody released until now that would be necessary. If it's still not resolved, then that is a bug and should be investigated. There IS code in place to avoid the persistent Coast Guard though; I double checked that not too long ago.