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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dolphin Feeding = Harm to Animals, Fines - August 19, 2014: A Panama City business and its boat captain were fined for their role in feeding wild dolphins off the Florida Panhandle.
  • Safeguarding Fisheries Observers - August 15, 2014: An Oregon deck boss has been charged with assaulting a federal fishery observer while at sea.
  • Electronic Reporting Required for HMS Dealers - July 24, 2014: All federally permitted Atlantic HMS dealers are required to electronically report commercially harvested species on a weekly basis.
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