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  • Video: Cracking the Research Set-Aside Case

    In 2010, the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement embarked on a 4-year investigation which exposed one of the largest fisheries conspiracy networks on the East Coast. Read More . . .

  • Observers assist in case, vessel owner fined $75K

    NOAA OLE closes a successful investigation after numerous Observers filed complaints against an Alaskan-based vessel. Read More . . .

  • Border Operation Highlights Lobster Violations

    NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement inspected shipments of lobster, sea urchins, and halibut being imported to the United States from Canada. The results were … Read More . . .

  • Halibut Fisherman Fined $5K for Sitka LAMP Fishing

    Landing report identified illegal activity. Read More . . .

  • OLE releases FY 2016 Annual Report

    Learn more about the OLE investigations and staffing numbers in the annual report. 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.