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Keep up to date with the latest enforcement decisions and orders (2010 through 2015).
On a weekly basis, we'll post highlights of our enforcement actions below and examples of high-interest violation notices. This does not include all weekly actions taken by our Officer or Special Agents.
Weekly Highlights — April 25, 2016
- An Enforcement Officer issued a $500 Summary Settlement to a charter crewmember for retaining halibut.
- An Enforcement Officer spotted a sea otter in the roadway, after calling for backup from the local Supervisory Enforcement Office
they responded and recovered the recently dead otter from the roadway. The otter was transferred to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
- A Special Agent assisted a fisherman with subsistence halibut regulatory questions regarding the Sitka Sound-LAMP area. The Assistant Special Agent in Charge explained that subsistence halibut cannot be sold and provided regulatory information.
- A Special Agent and Enforcement Officer conducted a total of eight sport fish and subsistence investigations. No violations were observed during the investigations; however, several investigative leads were noted.
- EO’s conducted a boarding of a scallop vessel in VA. During the boarding, EOs detected a 75lb overage of scallops and determined that the captain had not completed his FVTR prior to landing. A summary settlement was issued for $2,337.50 for the scallop overage and VTR violation.
- EO’s conducted a scallop boarding in VA. EOs determined that there was a 50lb overage of scallops that had been offloaded and sold. EOs discussed the overage with the captain and advised him that a summary settlement will be issued when the price per pound of the product is determined by the dealer.
- EO’s conducted a boarding in VA. During the offload, EOs determined that the captain had not listed monkfish or scup on his FVTR. The captain was issued a written warning for failing to accurately complete his trip report.
Pacific Islands Division:
- A PID Special Agent responded to a report of a fishing vessel aground in the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. With the anticipation of heavy weather and a tropical cyclone, hazardous and loose materials have been removed from the vessel. It’s also been flooded, weighted, and anchored down to prevent further damage to the vessel and coral reef below.
- An enforcement officer conducted an at sea patrol with SCDNR. Two offshore reefs were patrolled with no recreational fishing activity observed. One shrimp trawler was boarded and TED measurements were completed with no violations observed.
- A special agent answered questions from more than five members of the public regarding the legality of IFQ catch share
trips in the Gulf of Mexico. Specifically, federally permitted charter boat owners are upset over these trips. The most controversial
aspect of the Catch Share trips is that the fish from these trips are sold at nearly twice the price of normal commercial fish.
West Coast Division:
- Four groundfish trawl boardings were conducted along the Oregon and Washington coast. No violations detected.