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  • ESA Protections, Criminal Conviction

    September 24, 2014: An Oregon charter boat captain pleaded guilty and was sentenced for harvesting protected wild coho salmon with sport fishing clients. Read More . . .

  • Scallop Overharvesting Sinks Seafood Company

    October 4, 2014: The owner of a Maine seafood company was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in conspiring with six fishing boat operators to prepare false reports to conceal the overharvesting of nearly 80,000 pounds of Atlantic sea scallops. Read More . . .

  • IUU Task Force Releases Recommendations

    December 16, 2014: A Presidential Task Force has developed its recommendations to combat illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing and seafood fraud, available for review with a request for comment on implementation strategies. Read More . . .

  • Former Dealer Pleads Guilty to Felony Charge

    January 30, 2015: On Dec. 16, 2014, in Baltimore, MD, George F. Estudante pled guilty in federal court to a single felony count of submitting false reports to NOAA, in violation of the Lacey Act for purchasing scallops in excess of the legal landing limit. Read More . . .

From tackling seafood fraud nationally to helping crack down on illegal fishing internationally, we're here to make sure that those who obey the rules reap the benefits of fair competition and an even playing field in the market. We protect marine resources and their habitat and help safeguard the health of seafood consumers and the livelihoods of coastal communities.