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Cooperative Enforcement Program

The Cooperative Enforcement Program aims to increase living marine resource conservation, endangered species protection, and critical habitat enforcement while strengthening state and territorial enforcement resources.

The program uses two main tools to accomplish its goals:

  1. Cooperative Enforcement Agreements, which authorize state and U.S. territorial marine conservation law enforcement officers to enforce federal laws and regulations.
  2. Joint Enforcement Agreements (JEA), which include a formal operations plan that transfers funds to state and U.S. territorial law enforcement agencies to perform law enforcement services in support of federal regulations.



Officers with California Department of Fish and Game board a boat off the coast of San Francisco in 2007. California is one of 27 states and U.S. territories that have Joint Enforcement Agreements with NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement.