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NOAA Office of the General Counsel
The Enforcement Section of the NOAA Office of the General Counsel prosecutes all civil cases investigated by the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement. NOAA refers criminal cases to the U.S. Department of Justice for possible prosecution.
The Enforcement Section of the NOAA Office of the General Counsel is responsible for the following:
- Prosecuting civil penalty cases, permit sanctions, and administrative forfeitures.
- Establishing national law enforcement policy in conjunction with NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement and other NOAA program offices.
- Providing legal support to NOAA Law Enforcement and other NOAA offices, including the Sustainable Fisheries Division and Protected Resources Division.
- Advising NOAA officials on specific enforcement cases and general enforcement trends and issues.
The Enforcement Section has 13 attorneys located in headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, and in the six NOAA Fisheries regional offices.
Visit NOAA’s General Counsel.
Attorney Meggan Engelke-Ros of NOAA Office of General Counsel, Enforcement Section joins Assistant Director Todd Dubois and Special Agents James Cassin, Casey Oravetz and Murray Bauer of NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement at the Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop in Mozambique in 2011. They are pictured here with participants from the Coral Triangle region who were sponsored by NOAA using USAid funds.